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Many US cities unnerved by protectionist stance

Moving operations overseas - when practised by foreign firms - has buoyed US fortunes

Southeast Mahindra's production line leader Bill Phillips (above) said whether working for a foreign company or not, "it's still a job".

Its president Randy Topping (above) said the parts for tractors are made in the US as well as India, South Korea and Japan; "everything has foreign content".

Chattanooga, Tennessee

AT THE airport here, there is a reminder to travellers of the jobs that global trade can bring. A shiny 2017 Volkswagen Passat is stationed near the entryway and labelled: "Designed in Germany. Built in Chattanooga."

The American map is dotted with towns...

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