Soybean farmers in the US state of Illinois have felt the impact of the country’s trade war with China. Photo: AFP

US-China trade war: are Illinois’ soybean farmers losing faith in Donald Trump?

  • Democrats make gains in midterm elections in Republican strongholds as farmers feel the pain of the tariff war
  • Poll results may serve as a reality check for president who has banked on loyalty of state’s farmers
Topic |   US midterm elections 2018

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Soybean farmers in the US state of Illinois have felt the impact of the country’s trade war with China. Photo: AFP
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Owen Churchill

Owen Churchill

Owen joined the Post as US correspondent in 2018 after several years working as a reporter and editor in China. He covers US-China relations, trade, and wider issues concerning China's global presence. A co-founder of the Shanghai-based news outlet Sixth Tone, he is an alumnus of London's School of Oriental and African Studies and Fudan University in Shanghai.