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Missouri S&T students in the campus Havener Center on Feb. 28, 2020, raising money for coronavirus supplies for a Chinese hospital.
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ROLLA — Missouri University of Science and Technology students from China are raising money to help their home country fight the new coronavirus, but so far they haven’t found a way to get money or supplies to China.

The school’s Chinese Scholars and Students Association started taking donations in the middle of last week and have already raised more than $4,000.

Katelynn Portell posing with a medical mask in front of a sculpture at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in January.
Katelynn Portell

The virus that has upended China and caused a frenzy around the globe is affecting students at St. Louis-area colleges who are studying abroad. 

Katelynn Portell, a Lindenwood University-Belleville student, knows about the change firsthand. Portell was a week into her Mandarin-language program in Chengdu, Sichuan, when she had to leave China. Chengdu is a 14-hour drive from Wuhan, the center of the coronavirus outbreak. 

A tentative agreement easing trade restrictions with China seems like great news for farmers, who’ve been pummeled by the trade war. Some farmers, though, are skeptical. They worry that ag exports will suffer for years, and they've got history to back them up.

Prices for the corn and soybeans started rising last week, on rumors of a possible trade deal. Good news for Tom Kreisel, who farms near tiny Houstonia, Missouri.

“The last couple of days, they'd been up,” says Kreisel. “But they had took a nosedive before that, so we need to make that back.”

Friday is the deadline for U.S.-China trade talks. If they fail and China's 25-percent tariff on soybeans goes into effect, Missouri farmers will feel the impact.
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The trade war with China is nearly a year and a half old, and farmers say there is no end in sight.

Farmers in Missouri and Illinois will receive a second round of federal payments to make up for losses from the ongoing trade war with China. Tariffs have reduced the demand for U.S. agricultural products.

Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, said the farmers he is talking to are not optimistic there will be a resolution soon.

St. Charles convention center
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ST. CHARLES — U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt wants to increase job training programs in the state and seek more foreign trade partners.

The Republican Missouri senator spoke about jobs and the economy Friday at the 61st annual Governor’s Conference on Economic Development in St. Charles.

Yingxue Zuo stands in front of '60s - Cold War,' one of four murals in new show 'The Voice' at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Yingxue Zuo

Visual artist Yingxue Zuo’s family was persecuted by China’s ruling Communist Party when he was a child. His father was sent to a labor camp, where he died when Yingxue was 5 years old. His family was forced to move to ever-more remote cities in northeast China until, at age 15, he found himself working with a drill team searching for coal in the Changbai Mountains. 

It was a bleak situation. A family friend saw some drawings Zuo made and hung on his wall, and suggested he try to parlay his artistic skill into a brighter future. 

STL Fashion startups face tariffs on Chinese imports
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The burgeoning St. Louis fashion industry is bracing for the impact of the latest tariffs on goods from China.

Handbags, backpacks, luggage, hats and baseball gloves are just a few of the thousands of products covered in the latest round of U.S. tariffs imposed on goods imported from China. The 10 percent tax went into effect Sept. 24 and it will increase to 25 percent on Jan. 1.

Experts say consumers should expect to see higher prices before the end of the year.

Kirkwood plans  to suspend curbside recycling and plans to retrofit the Francis Scheidegger Recycling Depository on South Taylor Avenue to accept separated recyclables.  Aug. 21, 2018
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Changes in the recycling industry are prompting advocates throughout the region to examine options for continuing curbside collection in many area communities. The effort follows a decision by a main processor to stop accepting mixed residential recyclables on Nov. 1.

The announcement by Resource Management comes as the industry adjusts to China’s move to implement higher standards for imported fiber and solid waste, like paper and plastic. U.S. companies have been shipping recovered items to the Asian country for years to be recycled.

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Soybean growers in the Midwest are caught in the middle of an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China.

China retaliated against the Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese products Friday by imposing $34 billion in tariffs on hundreds of American goods, including soybeans. Analysts say the added expense of China’s 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans will effectively block the product from entering the Chinese market.

Friday is the deadline for U.S.-China trade talks. If they fail and China's 25-percent tariff on soybeans goes into effect, Missouri farmers will feel the impact.
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Soybean farmers across the Midwest are on the frontlines of a looming trade war between the U.S. and China. The first shots could be fired this week if negotiations fail.

Each country is prepared to impose $34 billion in tariffs on the other’s exports if no agreement is reached by the July 6 deadline.

The Missouri Farm Bureau says roughly 60 percent of the soybeans grown in the state are sent to China.
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Denny Mertz lost $12,000 on his soybeans last week when China proposed tariffs on U.S. agricultural products.

The Chesterfield resident grows soybeans and corn on his 500-acre farm in Elsberry. He said he'll be able to weather the loss, as he owns his land and doesn't have much overhead. Yet Mertz worries that younger farmers could take a significant hit if China and the U.S. don't settle their trade differences, especially because many don't own their land.

"They do not have a lot of equity built up and there's not much reserves to fall back on," he said.

On Tuesday's St. Louis on the Air, we discussed the experiences of Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans in St. Louis with Lucy Burns, Min Liu and Caroline Fan joined the program to discuss
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U.S.-China political and economic relations may make headlines frequently today, but the connection between the two countries is hundreds of years old in terms of immigration, business and culture.

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“Trade is a two-way street.” That’s the message U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., wants President Barack Obama to deliver to Chinese President Xi Jinping, when the two men meet this week in Washington. Xi begins an official state visit here Friday.

“Missouri farmers have to be able to sell our products in China on a level playing field and right now they’re being treated unfairly,” McCaskill told St. Louis Public Radio.

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According to World Trade Center St. Louis executive director Tim Nowak, the number one destination for St. Louis exports is China. With such a direct link to the St. Louis economy, the future of U.S.-China relations is particularly significant to the St. Louis region.

In his new book “Contest of the Century,” Financial Times journalist Geoff Dyer offers an in-depth look at the increasingly competitive nature of that relationship. He is in St. Louis for a presentation tonight at the St. Louis County Library.

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The relationship between the United States and China is important, as demonstrated by recent meetings between President Barack Obama and his counterpart, Xi Jinping.

A group of 37 Chinese students will begin arriving in St. Louis this week to attend Missouri Boys and Girls State, youth leadership programs held at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 12, 2013: Missouri’s Boys State and Girls State will mark a national first over the next few weeks, as they host an expected 37 high school and college students from China – 16 boys and 21 girls – who will join the hundreds of Missouri teens who participate in the student-government program.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 5, 2012 - With two new trade-related agreements in their briefcases, area business and civic leaders are returning Friday from another trip to China that they believe will bolster the region’s chances of becoming a true international freight gateway.

“We’ve built up some terrific networks of support,’’ said Tim Nowak, executive director of the World Trade Center St. Louis, during a telephone interview from Nanjing, one of St. Louis’ “sister cities’’ and where one of the agreements was signed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 30, 2012 - Former U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, R-Mo., and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley are leading another trade mission to China that is billed as a way to give “the region’s institutions unparalleled access to Chinese decision makers.”

An announcement by the World Trade Center St. Louis said the trip “expands opportunities in Asia and fosters job growth in Missouri.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 22, 2012 - WASHINGTON – Terrorism in Libya. Iran’s nuclear threat. The rise of China. The rapidly changing Middle East.

There is no shortage of potential topics for a discussion of U.S. foreign policy, and this year’s final presidential debate promises to touch on many of those at 8 p.m. Central Time on Monday evening at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The debate also offers a crucial last chance for each candidate to drive home his message in a direct confrontation with his opponent.

Bond to lead St. Louis business delegation to China

Aug 22, 2012
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Former Republican Missouri Senator Kit Bond will lead a delegation of St. Louis-area business leaders to China later this year.

Bond's consulting firm that works on international trade will accompany regional and statewide businesses and academic institutions to China in December.

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Aug 22, 2012
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Akin continues to dismiss Republican pleas to withdraw from Senate race

In an interview on NBC’s Today show, embattled Representative Todd Akin confirmed that Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan called him to personally plea that he step aside in the wake of the searing controversy surrounding his comments about abortion. Akin says he told Ryan that he was thinking things over and wants to “do the right thing.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon,  July 17, 2012 - While walking around the campus of Washington University during my studies there, it was apparent that almost everybody, especially students, was using modern electronic devices. The most popular were by Apple, which is a huge industrial and marketing success. When people in the U.S. buy an Apple product online, it is shipped to the U.S. from Shenzhen, China, where its contract manufacturer Foxconn is located. The sad story of Foxconn suicides happened there.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 13, 2012 - China is confronting economic and political difficulties. As its one-a-decade change in party leadership draws near, the path that current leaders choose will affect its citizens and the world economy for years to come.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 19, 2012 - Over the past years, many stories have appeared in the Chinese and Western media about conflicts over the demolition of old urban districts in China. These episodes involving government and homeowners have come to represent social conflict in China in general and are a major concern of the central government and many scholars. As a popular joke online notes, the English word “China” can be translated as “Chai Na,” which means “Demolish it.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 18, 2012 - Visitors to Missouri Botanical Garden these days are greeted by an enormous yellow dragon lantern that stretches down the entrance to Ridgway Visitor Center. It is easy to deduce that this creature is part of the upcoming Lantern Festival to be launched Memorial Day weekend.Thoughtful and/or frequent visitors may remember that this year’s orchid show had a Chinese theme, and that the Brookings Interpretive Center features an interactive exhibit on Chinese culture. Why the emphasis on China?

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 15, 2012 - Current discussions of economic events usually focus on the European malaise or the U.S. fiscal disorder. Just a few years ago it was the impending economic dominance by the so-called BRIC countries. Wither the BRICs?

BRIC is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China. Not too long ago they were widely regarded as future economic powerhouses. The last few years have not been kind to that forecast, however. Even if they recover from the current downturn, they will face longer-term obstacles to realizing living standards comparable to other developed economies.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 26, 2012 - The chief difference between China and the United States is that one takes the long view, and the other does not.

And Mike Jones, special adviser to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, said it shouldn’t be a surprise that it’s China – which has been around 5,000 years – that looks far ahead.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 26, 2012 - WASHINGTON – Steel wheels, nails and bedsprings made in Missouri are on the list. So are pipes, paintbrushes and coat hangers from Illinois. Not to mention a host of other products, from Silicon Valley electronics to Detroit auto parts.

If it seems that the Chinese are throwing cheaper versions of everything but the kitchen sink at U.S. markets, think again. This month, an Illinois kitchen-sink manufacturer — the Elkay Cos. — asked Washington to slap an “anti-dumping” tariff on Chinese steel sinks.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 15, 2012 - WASHINGTON — It’s a long way from Sullivan, Mo., to Beijing, but the red-hot trade dispute over “rare earth minerals” has the potential to have an impact on both places.

This week, President Barack Obama — joining Japan and the European Union — announced a major World Trade Organization challenge to China’s restrictions on exporting rare earth minerals. That move drew praise from U.S. firms that need the expensive materials to make high-tech and defense products.

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Missouri companies exported $14.1 billion worth of goods and services last year, according to new data from the World Trade Center St. Louis and the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research.

That's a record level of exports, officials say - $500 million higher than the previous record, which was set in 2007. The state's biggest customers were Canada, Mexico and China, with China's consumption of goods like copper scrap, fan parts, and semiconductor devices growing another 18 percent in 2011.