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Trade war

Trump suggests return to TPP as farmers fear trade war with China

Trade pact would offer alternative markets in Japan and Asia-Pacific

U.S. President Donald Trump faces pressure from farmers as China imposes retaliatory tariffs targeting American pork, soybeans, corn and beef.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. President Donald Trump told a gathering of lawmakers from agricultural states on Thursday that he had directed his advisers to weigh the possibility of rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, in a major reversal of policy.

Thursday's announcement comes as the White House is looking to dampen the impact of a possible trade war between Washington and Beijing on U.S. agriculture.

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