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By Christopher Rugaber And Dake Kang The Associated Press

China cutting US soybean purchases in face of tariffs threat

WASHINGTON — With the threat of tariffs and counter-tariffs between Washington and Beijing looming,Chinese buyers are cancelling orders for U.S. soybeans, a trend that could deal a blow to American farmers if it continues.

At the same time, farmers in China are being encouraged to plant more soy, apparently to help offset any shortfall from the United States.