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Residents undergo COVID-19 testing in north China's Shaanxi Province in December 2021

China Eases Anti-COVID Measures Following Protests

The move adds to earlier easing that fueled hopes Beijing was scrapping its "zero COVID" strategy, which is disrupting manufacturing and global trade. read more >
A medical worker in Shanghai takes swab samples from residents during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2022
Manufacturing / Retail

Shanghai Moves Toward Ending 2-Month COVID-19 Lockdown

Factories were shuttered or reduced operations during the lockdown, causing backups that disrupted the global supply chain. read more >
A train car sits on a loading dock at the Little Rock Port Authority.
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Planes, Trains and Barges: Little Rock Port Authority Turns 60

Lance Fritz, the head of Union Pacific Railroad, said last week during a Q&A panel celebrating the Little Rock Port Authority's 60th anniversary that he had cautionary words for President Trump regarding the country’s trade war with China. read more >
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Arkansas Companies Dealing With Tariff CostsLock Icon

President Trump's tariffs of 25% on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods is making some Arkansas business either absorb their price increases or pass the cost hikes to their customers. read more >
Rusty Smith, who farms near Cotton Plant, says market uncertainty has made it hard to book a soybean crop for delivery.
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Trump’s Tariff War with China Hits Arkansas Farmers HardLock Icon

President Trump's trade war with China is creating casualties in Arkansas. Soybean farmers have seen their exports to China plummet as prices have dropped 15%. read more >
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About Time (Editorial)

This spring’s rain and flooding have already taken a heavy toll on the farming sector. The trade war with China is only adding to farmers’ pain. And because the agriculture industry is Arkansas’ No. 1 industry, that pain can quickly be felt by other sectors of the state’s economy. read more >