Trump's Trade Battle With China Hits Home In Arkansas Town

Aug 8, 2018

Arkansas economic development officials are worried the president's escalating trade battle could stop a large paper mill from opening in Arkadelphia.
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The consequences of President Donald Trump's trade battle are hitting home in one rural Arkansas town.

Arkadelphia has been planning on a new paper mill and the hundreds of jobs it would create since the project was announced two years ago by a Chinese company.

But optimism has been giving way to concern in recent months amid Trump's escalating trade dispute with China.

The threat of a full-blown trade war has delayed the Sun Paper project further and prompted the state's Republican governor to send his top economic development official to China to make sure it stays on track.

Arkansas voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 president election.