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Chicago mayor meets Chinese VP amid trade dispute

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: National Post

BEIJING - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on a mission to salvage business deals threatened by a tariff war, said Thursday that Chinese officials expressed confidence they can survive the spiraling dispute with Washington.
The mayor met with Vice-President Wang Qishan and China's commerce minister this week in an effort to lock in a $1.3 billion deal for a Chinese company to assemble rail cars in Chicago.
The foreign ministry said Wednesday that China will take “firm and forceful measures” if President Donald Trump goes ahead with a second round of tariff hikes on Chinese goods in a dispute over Beijing's technology policy.
“They wanted to communicate, obviously, that this is not their preference,” Emanuel told The Associated Press. “They would rather work something out, but they're not scared if this is where it goes.”
After meeting with executives from the Chinese railway car manufacturer, Emanuel said he is committed to completing the project. The factory construction will soon be finished and employees from...

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