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U.S. – China Chasm; USMCA Falters; Health versus Sustainability

U.S.-China Chasm The signals out of Beijing and Washington are confusing on the surface but that is only because of how deep the fissures are when it comes to the substance of the disagreements. On the surface, China is signaling that an agreement can be reached while President Trump is stalling as a leverage technique. Perhaps more important is looking at the extent of the differences. Some believe that China’s real position was revealed this week when it pulled out of the Global Steel Forum. Since Beijing is the largest source of imbalances in the world’s steel market, its unwillingness to negotiate a resolution bodes ill for the many other areas of state-driven supply/demand problems.  China might have taken heart in...

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