Amid trade war tensions, tariff debates and political turmoil, Reuters reported what may appear an unexpected turn of events last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently confirmed that private exporters sold more than 2 million tons of American soybeans to China since Sept. 1, with buyers waiving tariffs and paying in American dollars.

    The political and economic tensions between China and the U.S. are nothing if not convoluted, but William McCahill, senior resident fellow with the National Bureau of Asian Research, will shed some light on these powder-keg topics in a lecture at The Community Library in Ketchum on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6-7 p.m.

    Those in attendance will learn a great deal about “Today’s China: It’s Political Culture and Political Economy,” as this expert and former chargé d’affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing speaks on the People’s Republic of China, its history, its present and its future.

    This event is free and open to the public and will be live-streamed. Visit for details.

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