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My Economy

Farming during a trade war

by Daisy Palacios Oct 21, 2019
The loss of soybean sales to China have created a lot of stress, says farmer Blake Hurst.
Blake Hurst on his farm in Atchinson County, MO.
Courtesy of Blake Hurst

Why pork prices are driving Chinese inflation

by Andie Corban and Molly Wood Oct 15, 2019
African swine fever has devastated the pig population in the country, where pork is a staple. It's not just food prices that are going up.
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Trade showdown

Just how much is the trade war hurting China's economy?

by Marielle Segarra Oct 14, 2019
For the month of September, China's import and export data looked weaker than economists were expecting.
The U.S.-China trade war rages on, as China's exports dip. Above, one U.S. dollar and 100 yuan notes on display at a bank in Beijing, China in 2006.
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China

China's scramble for global pork supplies could mean price hikes for Americans

by Kimberly Adams Oct 10, 2019
The country has lost more than half of its pig heard to African swine fever, according to some estimates.
Smithfield Foods, a Chinese-owned company, is warning of a pork shortage. Smithfield owns the Farmland brand, shown above at a supermarket in Los Angeles in 2013.
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In the NBA vs. China battle, business could suffer

by Kai Ryssdal and Andy Uhler Oct 9, 2019
Billions of dollars in revenue is at stake for the NBA.
The NBA flagship retail store in Beijing.
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China

American entertainment versus Chinese censors

by Kimberly Adams Oct 9, 2019
"South Park" creators doubled down on their criticism of Chinese censorship this week.
A Chinese flag is seen placed on a mannequin wearing the USA basketball uniform as Chinese shoppers look at clothing in the NBA flagship retail store on October 9, 2019 in Beijing, China.
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China 70

The Chinese workers who make your shoes

by Jennifer Pak Oct 2, 2019
China makes almost 70% of the shoes imported into the U.S.
Most people who produce goods for the U.S. come from China's poor countryside.
Photo courtesy of Shanghai 808 Studio

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Farm country wants to get back to business

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Sep 23, 2019
"Trade, not aid," has become the mantra for farmers dealing with the trade war.
Soy beans are harvested in Owings, Maryland, in 2018.
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What if there hadn't been a trade war?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Sep 3, 2019
Tensions with China are exacerbating global economic issues, Christine McDaniel of the Mercatus Center says.
Shipping containers await export from China.
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More Chinese students studying abroad return to China

by Jennifer Pak Aug 27, 2019
In 2017 and 2018 some one million students studying abroad returned to China.
Prince Jiang left his life in Indiana to become the first certified Lego professional builder in mainland China.
Courtesy of Prince Jiang