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China trade deal provides opportunity

Robert O'Brien
U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien answers questions from reporters after a speech last week at Drake University in Des Moines. O’Brien said tariffs imposed by the Trump administration were the basis for the Phase 1 trade agreement between the United States and China. PHOTO / COREY MUNSON

Increased tensions between the United States and China over the COVID-19 pandemic and other sensitive issues  are creating impediments in completing a Phase 2 trade deal, said U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien. 

However, the Phase 1 deal, signed earlier this year, offers plenty of opportunity for Iowa farmers, the Trump administration’s top national security official said last week during a speech at Drake University in Des Moines.

“I think you’re going to see more opportunities for Iowa farmers, whether it is grain or soybeans, to sell into the...




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