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The Wall Street Journal: U.S. moves to curb steep discounts on packages shipped from China

WASHINGTON — The U.S. opened a new front in its mounting economic conflict with China, starting a process to withdraw from a 144-year-old international postal body whose discounts allow Chinese merchants to ship small packages to U.S. customers at sharply lower rates.

In announcing the move by the State Department, senior White House officials said Wednesday that the U.S. will go ahead with a threat to set its own “self-declared” rates for packages from abroad.

The Trump administration sought to cast the move in broader terms than just action against China. “The strategy is simply to stop the harm being done through a multilateral organization,” one official said.

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