California pays high price for tariffs from US-China trade spat

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Although the White House has promised to grant relief packages to farmers impacted by the trade tensions, Kounalakis said the best assistance to farmers and ranchers would be to resolve the trade disputes and reopen markets for California farm products.

"We're going to see a potential loss of jobs, especially in the agricultural industry, which is already a very challenging industry to employ into making a living out of," Ting said.

The Golden State wants to continue to foster a stronger economic relationship with China, Ting added.

Longing for strong China-US relations

Trade and economic activities between the United States and China, and those between California and China, have been "incredibly important to our economy and to our community," said Assemblymember David Chiu.

"Trade wars do not help anyone," he added.

Chinese Deputy Consul General in San Francisco Ren Faqiang said during the hearing on Wednesday that China is willing to work with the United States to properly resolve the trade frictions based on the latest consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries.

Noting that California is one of the U.S. states which enjoys a lot of mutually beneficial cooperation with China, Ren said a sound China-U.S. relationship serves not only the common interests of the two countries, but also the common aspirations of the international community.

Kounalakis said the trade tension between China and the United States has not only affected imports and exports, but also spilled over to other areas such as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

What people should be concerned about is that "really a tension over trade has turned into tension over other things," such as the normal exchanges between Chinese and American people, Kounalakis said.

She said that people-to-people exchanges are vital to mutual understanding and "that we have got to get back to the negotiation table" to restore the climate of friendship between the two countries.

"Getting to some kind of agreement and resolution so that we can quickly get back to friendly feelings is very, very important," she said.

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