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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. trade groups urge Trump to halt tariff plans

WASHINGTON — Forty-five trade associations, representing a wide swath of the U.S. economy, are petitioning the Trump administration to halt plans to levy tariffs on China and to work instead with other nations to press Beijing to end restrictions on foreign firms.

Imposing heavy tariffs, said a letter by the trade groups, “would trigger a chain reaction of negative consequences for the U.S. economy, provoking retaliation; stifling U.S. agriculture, goods, and services exports; and raising costs for businesses and consumers.”

The White House is putting together a package of measures, including tariffs on at least an annual $30 billion of Chinese imports, to pressure Beijing to end requirements that U.S.

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