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Nevadans Cheer Trump's China-Bashing Even as Nation Buoys State

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Hotels stand on The Strip in this aerial photograph taken at dusk above Las Vegas on Aug. 5, 2015.

Hotels stand on The Strip in this aerial photograph taken at dusk above Las Vegas on Aug. 5, 2015.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Republican presidential candidates led by Donald Trump are drawing cheers in Nevada by bashing China’s policies, even as that nation’s tourism, trade and investment help lift the state from the worst economic decline in the U.S.

When Trump took the stage at rallies in Las Vegas and Reno recently, crowds roared as the real-estate mogul and reality-show star accused China of currency manipulation and one-sided trade policies. His message resonates in a state that just five years ago had the highest U.S. unemployment rate.