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Ohio Republican U.S. Seantor Rob Portman is reacting to President Donald Trump's decision to move forward with plans to increase tariffs on Chinese imports.

Portman visited the Ohio State Fair to mingle with hundreds of farmers from around the state.

He said one topic of conversation was the trade war between the U.S. and China, which has resulted in a steep drop in soy exports from Ohio farms. 

Portman said farmers were split on President Donald Trump's proposal to expand tariffs.

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An expert on doing business in China says Northeast Ohio companies will likely need to get used to the tariffs placed on their goods by the Chinese government. But that could also bring some jobs back to the U.S.

The Trump administration has placed 25 percent tariffs on about half of the more than $500 billion in goods imported from China each year. That’s spurred China to levy tariffs on some U.S. goods.

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Ohio business leaders met with Chinese officials Wednesday for a business and policy luncheon.

The Greater Columbus Chinese Chamber of Commerce and JobsOhio organized the luncheon to discuss the business relationship between the U.S. and China.

Acting Consul General in New York from China, Yumin Zhao, said they're focused on collaboration in light of the escalating trade war with the U.S.

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is holding off his support of President Donald Trump’s plan to give struggling farmers $12 billion in aid.

Brown said the country needs to address what he calls “serial cheaters,” or countries with questionable trade practices like China. He said that is why he is waiting for the details of the proposed aid plan for farmers affected by tariffs.

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman would like to see an end to trade disputes with China, but the Republican senator said President Donald Trump’s decision to provide $12 billion in subsidies to American farmers might be a good short-term solution to trade shortfalls. 

The escalating trade war has hurt many Ohio farmers producing soybeans, pork, and corn, among other products.

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Ohio hog farmers are reacting to the news that China is planning to attach a tariff on pork exports. That’s in response to the U.S. proposed tariff on Chinese steel. Farmers say this is a move that has an immediate effect.

“The message is get it worked out.”

That’s Brian Watkins, a lifelong hog farmer from Kenton who wants President Donald Trump, top federal officials and leaders from China to resolve the impending trade dilemma.

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The $50 billion in tariffs already announced by the U.S. and China could have a big impact on Ohio farmers.

The U.S. tariffs on aerospace and machinery announced this week were met with China’s proposed tariffs on everything from soybeans to airplanes.

China accounts for about 40 percent of Ohio’s agricultural exports, and 30 percent of the state’s $1.4 billion soybean industry.

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Ohio’s Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, has introduced a bill to review foreign investments and their impact on U.S. workers, ahead of today's anticipated announcement of major tariffs from the Trump administration.

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Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is putting his support behind the Trump administration’s proposal to investigate China’s unfair trade practices.

Speaking on NPR’s Morning Edition Friday, the Democratic senator denounced the country’s technology transfer requirements.

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Three anti-dumping cases against foreign steel makers have come to a head before the United States International Trade Commission in the last seven days; with rulings already rendered in two. 

U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says the flurry of action marks a new approach on the part of the U.S. to defending its industries against unfair trade practices.