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U.S. Business Plagued by Trade Confusion as New Tariffs Loom

  • Trump gave mixed signals this week on U.S.-China trade deal
  • U.S. due to impose tariffs on $160bln of Chinese goods Dec. 15
Workers use grinders to smooth down the welded joints at a facility in Columbus, Ohio, U.S..

Workers use grinders to smooth down the welded joints at a facility in Columbus, Ohio, U.S..

Photographer: Ty Wright/Bloomberg

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As U.S.-China trade talks undergo more advances and setbacks than a ping-pong match, South Carolina businessman John Ling is increasingly pessimistic that any meaningful trade deal will be reached under President Donald Trump.