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Because of the tariff discussion going on in Washingt

gton DC, a lot of the farm community is being hurt,” said Bob H

olden, former Missouri governor who co-founded the United States Heartland China Association.

“I think the manufacturing industry feels the same thing is occurring,” he added.

Holden is positive about the future of the relationship. “Honestly, both countries need each other,” he said.

“We need to be able to sell products in China. The Chinese population is wanting the goods that we can p

roduce here. China also gives us a workforce in some of our industries, which makes them com

petitive globally,” said Holden, who opened Missouri’s first trade office in China during his term from 2001 to 2005.

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