Indianapolis, IN—The United States and China reached a phase one trade agreement, which was formally signed by President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.“During my economic development trip to China in September, numerous government officials expressed a desire to secure a trade deal and President Trump has delivered. This is a great first step, especially for our Hoosier farmers,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “We look forward to a continued mutually productive relationship with China, one of Indiana’s largest international partners.”According to a fact sheet from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, this phase one agreement focuses on intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services along with currency and foreign exchange. This agreement also includes a commitment by China that it will make substantial purchases of U.S. goods and services in the coming years.“The trade deal made today in our nation’s capital will have a significant impact on our country as a whole and specifically, right here in our Hoosier state,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agricultural and Rural Development. “With China being one of Indiana’s top five trading partners, we are certain this deal will strengthen Indiana’s economy and provide an even greater boost to our farmers and the agriculture industry.”Agriculture highlights of the trade agreement include:China will purchase and import at least $40 billion of U.S. food, agricultural and seafood products annually over the next two yearsChina has agreed to streamline the regulatory process by implementing a predictable and science-based approval method for products of agricultural biotechnology China will expand the scope of beef products, pork products, and processed meats eligible for importationIndiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler attended the signing ceremony today in Washington D.C. Others in attendance included Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other congressional and national industry leaders.“It was an honor to be invited and watch the signing of this historic deal,” Kettler said. “We are excited to further develop our relationship with China and are looking forward to the positive impact this will have on Indiana agriculture now, and in the future.”In 2017, Indiana shipped $4.6 billion in domestic agriculture products abroad, making Indiana the country’s eighth-largest agricultural exporting state. In addition to agriculture commodities, China is one of Indiana’s top export markets for hardwoods, over $55.3 million was exported in 2017. China is a crucial trading partner to the U.S., according to the USDA soybean exports to China totaled 9.4 million tons last year. The trade deal, which has been widely celebrated by the agriculture industry, is the first phase of a comprehensive agreement that will be negotiated with China, according to the Trump administration.
The second phase of the NHL’s draft lottery took place on Monday night, with the Rangers ping-ponging their way to the No. 1 overall pick.The lottery was already considered controversial as the Rangers — who played in the qualifying round of the NHL playoffs — likely nabbed phenom Alexis Lafreniere with the top overall pick. The conspiracy theories were ramped up when the Original Six squad’s ball got selected. MORE: Who is Alexis Lafreniere? Canadian forward consensus first-overall pick in 2020 NHL draftFirst off, the guy dropping the balls into the machine did the Rangers’ a little too quickly before commissioner Gary Bettman could verify the logo. He had to pull it back out.Seems legit… 🙄 #nhldraftlottery pic.twitter.com/JcR6w782mz— 𝗠𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗿𝘁 (@realmikeystew) August 10, 2020Twitter then of course weighed in on the weight of the ball, the paint — everything, really — regarding the Rangers getting the franchise’s first-ever No. 1 overall spot since the universal draft was adopted in 1969. Here’s a strong sampling, including a tweet from the one and only Roberto Luongo:New York Rangers ball looks a little heavy 🤔— Strombone (@strombone1) August 10, 2020I don’t like how that guy dropped the rangers ball in there. Rigged??— Tony DeAngelo (@TonyDee07) August 10, 2020OK, we had some fun today. I hope none of you actually believe the NHL rigged the lottery for the Rangers. Here, allow me to present the most compelling evidence available that the NHL has no idea how to fix a lottery drawing: pic.twitter.com/qWSm9H02dI— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020listening to the sound of the ping pong balls clacking together to determine that the rangers ball made a slightly lower pitched clack, therefore was heavier, proving the nhl draft lottery was in fact rigged pic.twitter.com/ymlqe9G7SA— James Duffy (@TwoTurtleDuffs) August 10, 2020Penguins didn’t win the lottery.. shits rigged @ThatsHockeyTalk— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) August 10, 2020Was the Rangers ping pong ball weighted differently? They “happen” to win the lottery after this?!? Only one he “dropped”. Wow! 🤔🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/yLQozqYjQl— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) August 10, 2020Jokes aside, this is now NHL lore. Like, the Crosby thing was always innuendo, because it happened behind closed doors. This was on live TV. I both love and hate this, but mostly love it. https://t.co/AyaiUzYatg— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 10, 2020 They may not have hit the levels of Sidney Crosby-to-Pittsburgh from back in 2005, nor the New York Knicks’ “frozen envelope” fiasco of 1985, but they were quality.