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China's new tariffs hit Trump support base - but not yet major shots in trade war

WASHINGTON - China's imposition of tariffs on a range of American imports including pork, fruit and nuts, targets part of American President Donald Trump's political base and is a step deeper into a trade war.

But they were relatively precise and not unexpected, and avoided targeting major commodities such as soy beans. The tariffs cover a small percentage - US$3 billion (S$3.93 billion) - of America's US$140.5 billion worth of agricultural goods exports in the last fiscal year, of which China accounted for about US$22 billion.

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