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Tremaine Smalls (center) attaches parts to an engine at Volvo's plant in Ridgeville, S.C. The automaker has shifted its exports to Europe as the result of the U.S. trade war with China. Camila Domonoske/NPR hide caption

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Trump's Trade War Forces Volvo To Shift Gears In South Carolina

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Workers pull out cosmetically defective garlic (that will be processed separately) at the Christopher Ranch processing plant in Gilroy, Calif. About 6 percent of its garlic is bought from China; the rest is homegrown. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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In Garlic Capital, Tariffs And Immigration Crackdown Have Mixed Impacts

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Retail sales fell 1.2 percent in December, the most in nine years. The drop cut into forecasts for economic growth. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan speaks at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. His message: The U.S. shouldn't expect too much from China when it comes to cracking down on intellectual property theft. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters hide caption

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Chinese shoppers spend their time next to a bench painted with the U.S. flag at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing. During trade talks this week, the two sides face potentially lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a White House news briefing in October. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Transcript: NPR's Interview With National Security Adviser John Bolton

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The Ford Focus Active, a small crossover car currently sold in Europe, was slated to begin production in China for the U.S. market. Ford canceled those plans, citing tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. Ford Motor Company hide caption

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Farmer Terry Davidson walks through his soy fields in Harvard, Ill. Soybean prices have fallen this summer — a process that started even before the U.S. and China hit each other with tariffs in early July. Nova Safo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell faced questions before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday about the effects of President Trump's trade policies. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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A Chinese worker looks on as a cargo ship is loaded at a port in Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong province, in July 2017. The United States is China's biggest single export market. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China Is Better Able To Withstand A Trade War Than In The Past

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A single soybean plant grows in a field in the village of Sandaogou, China. Rob Schmitz/NPR hide caption

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China Tells Farmers To Grow More Soybeans Amid Trade Fight With U.S.

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A visitor to the 21st China Beijing International High-Tech Expo looks at a computer chip through a microscope. The White House said Tuesday that it will impose tariffs on $50 billion in imports from China containing "industrially significant technology." Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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President Trump has continually called out China for its high tariffs and barriers to entry. But China isn't alone in zealously protecting its domestic auto market. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Chickens, Pickup Trucks, And De-Escalating The U.S.-China Trade War

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Pigeons fly past the company logo of Sinovel Wind Co., Ltd. outside its head office in Beijing, in 2011. In January 2018, Sinovel was convicted in the U.S. of stealing trade secrets from American Superconductor. Stringer China/Reuters hide caption

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It Was A Company With A Lot Of Promise. Then A Chinese Customer Stole Its Technology

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Hog farmers worry that they will pay a hefty price if there's a trade war with China. Red Cedicol/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Farmers Likely To Be Among Hardest Hit By Chinese Tariffs

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China currently buys nearly a third of the U.S. soybean crop — but the country plans to impose tariffs, in response to a Trump administration plan. Here, a worker takes a sample from a truckload of soybeans in Fargo, N.D., last December. Dan Koeck/Reuters hide caption

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Imported nuts from the United States are displayed for sale at a supermarket in Beijing on Monday. China raised import duties on U.S. pork, fruit and other products Monday. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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