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How Would Houston React To Tariffs On Chinese Trade

Last year, trade between the Houston region and China was valued at nearly $19 billion

Heavy industry on the Houston Ship Channel

President Donald Trump is expected to announce new tariffs on products from China later today in response to intellectual property theft.

The administration argues that years of negotiations with China have failed to produce results.

Jon Taylor, a political scientist at the University of Saint Thomas, who has spent much time in China, said these tariffs would hurt Houston.

“It’s not just an impact on Houston financially, although that is an important feature,” Taylor said. “It is more than that. It’s an impact on our culture. It’s an impact on how we interact with the Chinese.”

China is Houston’s second largest international trading partner after Mexico.

Last year, trade between the Houston region and China was valued at nearly $19 billion.

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Florian Martin is currently the News 88.7 business reporter. Florian’s stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters and the Houston Press Club. Florian is a native of Germany. His studies...

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