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Trade war

China plays risky card of shunning US soybeans

Imports fall for third straight month in a blow to Trump's base

The American Midwest is a major source of both soybeans and votes for U.S. President Donald Trump.

BEIJING -- China has curtailed imports of American soybeans in recent months, targeting the key commodity -- and by extension its farmers, a major support base for U.S. President Donald Trump -- in response to Washington's trade sanctions.

But having a steady supply of reasonably priced soybeans is crucial for domestic stability. Beijing has hesitated before to play this risky card against the U.S., its second-biggest source of imports for the crop.

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