trade war casualties
September 22, 2018

China on Friday canceled scheduled trade negotiations with the United States, citing the Trump administration's tariff escalations. President Trump announced a new round of tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports Monday and is expected to target another $257 billion in products this coming week.

"Nothing the U.S. has done has given any impression of sincerity and goodwill," said Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Geng Shuang. "We hope that the U.S. side will take measures to correct its mistakes."

China also slammed new U.S. sanctions punishing Beijing for purchasing weapons from Russia. "The U.S. approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations, a full manifestation of hegemony, and a serious breach of the relations between the two countries and their two militaries," said a Chinese Defense Ministry statement promising "consequences." Bonnie Kristian

August 6, 2018

A small-town newspaper, The Robesonian of Lumberton, North Carolina, has stopped publishing the Sunday comics because the Trump administration's trade war has made it too expensive.

"One of the targets in Trump's tariffs war has been newsprint from Canada, the cost of which has risen about 30 percent since the beginning of this year," the Robesonian staff explained in an editorial. "The tariffs are protecting a single Washington plant that apparently can't otherwise effectively compete, but is being shielded by the president from the free market — a decidedly un-Republican approach and contrary to the capitalistic fundamentals that have given us the world's No. 1 economy and nourishes it."

The administration originally placed tariffs of 22 percent on Canadian newsprint. Then, on Thursday, under pressure from U.S. newspapers, the Commerce Department capped the rate at 16.88 percent and limited its application.

The Robesonian editorial closed with the hope that the comic cutback would be temporary. "But for Sunday comics to return, something has to break to our benefit," the editorial said, namely, "additional readers and advertisers, or a change of heart at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Of those two, we know which is more likely." Bonnie Kristian

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