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A 25 percent Trump tariff dubbed the ‘quarter pinch’ jacks up price of foods from China

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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.

President Donald Trump has imposed…


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