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Global Markets: U.S./China trade negotiations underway

By MarketsFarm

WINNIPEG, Sept. 19 (MarketsFarm) – The following is a glance at the news moving markets in Canada and globally.

– Deputy trade negotiators for the United States and China meet today and Friday in Washington, D.C. It is expected agriculture products, intellectual property protections and forced technology transfers will be the main topics for discussion, with heavy emphasis on agriculture. These talks will lay the ground work for top level negotiations in October.

– Robert O’Brien was named the new National Security Advisor by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday. Most recently O’Brien headed up hostage negotiations at the U.S. State Department. A lawyer by trade, O’Brien has advised Republican and Democrat lawmakers on foreign policy issues. He is Trump’s fourth national security advisor in three years.

– With 97 per cent of the ballots counted in the Israeli general election, the Blue and White Party led by Benny Gantz holds a two-seat lead over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party, with 33 and 31 seats respectively. Analysts stated that Gantz could put together a 57-seat alliance of centrist and left-leaning parties, while Netanyahu has the chance for a 55-seat coalition of centrist and right-leaning parties. Gantz rebuffed Netanyahu’s offer for a national unity government of both main parties.

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