The trade war has come for Chinese restaurants.
There are more than 40,000 Chinese eateries in the U.S., compared with not quite 14,000 McDonald’s. That makes Chinese restaurants a colossal economic force: When they move together because of a change in taste, trend, or economic circumstance, it makes a difference.
For decades, they’ve been buying more food directly from China, ramping up bulk imports of garlic, water chestnuts, pickled radishes, mushrooms, baby corn, rice noodles, and other staples, part of a global boom in the food trade, which since 2000 has tripled to $3 trillion.
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