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Awkwardness on Hong Kong; Gottlieb’s Successor

Awkwardness on Hong Kong President Trump says he will sign or veto legislation (the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act) approved near unanimously by the Congress depending on whether China completes a phase one trade deal with him. There are several awkward aspects to his position includi...

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Policy Round Up

India Trade The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is reporting that progress is being made in trade negotiations with the U.S. and details could be forthcoming within a couple of weeks.   In fact, India is stepping up their trade agenda across the board. India moved this week on a tra...

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 stallin...

Alignments Against Phase One; Coal Fired Electric Cars; Market Openings

Alignments Against Phase One The markets reacted today to negative news about the state of the U.S. – China trade war. Craig Allen, President of U.S.-China Business Council said he is pessimistic, suggesting that Xi Jinping does not trust Donald Trump and any phase one agreement will be b...

GMO versus GHG; State versus Commercial

GMO versus GHG Vietnam has delayed its decision to ban glyphosate into 2021 but Thailand has maintained its ban, which is adversely impacting U.S. commodity shipments with any residues. American officials are pressing their Thai counterparts to use science-based standards, but it is unclear how...

Milk and Meat Alternatives and the Constitution

For the past two-and-a-half years, there has been a heated policy debate about plant-based dairy alternatives such as soymilk and yogurt and meat alternatives, such as plant-based meat and cell cultured meat. Topics include what the products can be called in the stream of commerce, to how cell...

Food Inflation Importance; U.S. Funding Deadline; New Approach to PRC

Food Inflation Importance Researchers from Boston College, UC-Berkley and the University of Chicago found (see NBER Working Paper No. 26237) that consumers rely upon the frequency and size of price changes during their grocery shopping to assess U.S. inflationary conditions. The metric is under...

SOE Reform, Maybe; BRICS Hypocrisy

SOE Reform, Maybe The Trump Administration has been decrying the dominance of state-owned enterprises (SOE’s) in China’s economy and now that nation’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission has released guidelines for reform. But the Commission is looking...

Appropriations Moving, Everything Else in Impeachment Limbo

The respective chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Representative Nita Lowey (D-New York) and Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) have announced a deal to pass a continuing resolution (CR) that will extend government funding until 20 December. The current CR, passed prior t...

Game of Chicken; Hard and Fast Numbers; Glyphosate Addiction

Game of Chicken U.S. officials were celebrating China’s announcement that after half a dozen years of bogus excuses for keeping out American poultry, Beijing opened its market. The announcement came a week after the U.S. announced the opening of its market to cooked Chinese poultry meat...

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Livestock Round Up

China Opens to Chicken On 31 October, we reported that its was expected that broilers would be included in any U.S. China trade deal, and although that deal remains elusive, China announced today that it would open its market up to U.S. poultry. The access is effective immediately.  As we...

Expanded Trade War Tools; Olive Dynamics

Expanded Trade War Tools The Trump Administration expanded its areas of attack on the WTO, bringing in questions about procedures and allocation of resources. The multi-pronged attack is intended to further pressure the institution into reform of its appellate process and other perceived defici...

Awkwardness on Hong Kong; Gottlieb’s Successor

Awkwardness on Hong Kong President Trump says he will sign or veto legislation (the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act) approved near unanimously by the Congress depending on whether China completes a phase one trade deal with him. There are several awkward aspects to his position includi...

biofuel soy-oilseeds feed-grains

Policy Round Up

India Trade The Ministry of Commerce and Industry is reporting that progress is being made in trade negotiations with the U.S. and details could be forthcoming within a couple of weeks.   In fact, India is stepping up their trade agenda across the board. India moved this week on a tra...

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 stallin...

Alignments Against Phase One; Coal Fired Electric Cars; Market Openings

Alignments Against Phase One The markets reacted today to negative news about the state of the U.S. – China trade war. Craig Allen, President of U.S.-China Business Council said he is pessimistic, suggesting that Xi Jinping does not trust Donald Trump and any phase one agreement will be b...

GMO versus GHG; State versus Commercial

GMO versus GHG Vietnam has delayed its decision to ban glyphosate into 2021 but Thailand has maintained its ban, which is adversely impacting U.S. commodity shipments with any residues. American officials are pressing their Thai counterparts to use science-based standards, but it is unclear how...

Milk and Meat Alternatives and the Constitution

For the past two-and-a-half years, there has been a heated policy debate about plant-based dairy alternatives such as soymilk and yogurt and meat alternatives, such as plant-based meat and cell cultured meat. Topics include what the products can be called in the stream of commerce, to how cell...

Food Inflation Importance; U.S. Funding Deadline; New Approach to PRC

Food Inflation Importance Researchers from Boston College, UC-Berkley and the University of Chicago found (see NBER Working Paper No. 26237) that consumers rely upon the frequency and size of price changes during their grocery shopping to assess U.S. inflationary conditions. The metric is under...

SOE Reform, Maybe; BRICS Hypocrisy

SOE Reform, Maybe The Trump Administration has been decrying the dominance of state-owned enterprises (SOE’s) in China’s economy and now that nation’s State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission has released guidelines for reform. But the Commission is looking...

Appropriations Moving, Everything Else in Impeachment Limbo

The respective chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, Representative Nita Lowey (D-New York) and Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama) have announced a deal to pass a continuing resolution (CR) that will extend government funding until 20 December. The current CR, passed prior t...

Game of Chicken; Hard and Fast Numbers; Glyphosate Addiction

Game of Chicken U.S. officials were celebrating China’s announcement that after half a dozen years of bogus excuses for keeping out American poultry, Beijing opened its market. The announcement came a week after the U.S. announced the opening of its market to cooked Chinese poultry meat...

livestock

Livestock Round Up

China Opens to Chicken On 31 October, we reported that its was expected that broilers would be included in any U.S. China trade deal, and although that deal remains elusive, China announced today that it would open its market up to U.S. poultry. The access is effective immediately.  As we...

Expanded Trade War Tools; Olive Dynamics

Expanded Trade War Tools The Trump Administration expanded its areas of attack on the WTO, bringing in questions about procedures and allocation of resources. The multi-pronged attack is intended to further pressure the institution into reform of its appellate process and other perceived defici...

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