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Cars travel by barge. Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Imported Ford Motor Company cars are being held up at Chinese ports, reports Reuters, citing three sources familiar with the situation.

Why it matters: It's a sign that escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China are pushing Beijing to increase scrutiny of American imports.

The details: Sources told Reuters that "Ford cars and those of its premium Lincoln brand were facing unusual delays at customs, with officials asking for extra technical checks."

  • "Two of the people said U.S.-made models of some German carmakers, mainly SUVs, being brought into China, were also affected."

It's not just cars:

  • Bloomberg reported that the Chinese are not buying American soybeans amid the trade fight.
  • Reuters reported Tuesday that "China had ramped up inspections of pork shipped from the United States, after the country’s customs agency said it would step up quarantine checks on American apples and logs."

Go deeper: Washington and Beijing laid out their trade demands last week

Go deeper

Updated 15 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Inauguration Day dashboard

Biden delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

President Biden has delivered his inaugural address at the Capitol, calling for an end to the politics as total war but warning that "we have far to go" to heal the country.

What's next: The Celebrate America event, with remarks by Biden and Harris.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
40 mins ago - Politics & Policy

President Biden faces a deeply broken America

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

As President Biden begins his term in office today, he'll be tasked with leading a country beset with deep, long-term problems.

Why it matters: Though the pandemic has made them worse, existential challenges around inequality, social alienation and political division in the U.S. were in place well before SARS-CoV-2 arrived on American shores. The country's future will depend in large part on whether the choices made over the next four years can flatten the curve of American decline.

Facebook, Instagram transfer accounts, followers to Biden administration

Screenshot of official White House Facebook account.

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed that it is transferring the millions of followers of the official Facebook and Instagram White House accounts to the Biden administration.

Details: The accounts for "@POTUS," "@VicePresident" ("@VP" on Instagram) and "@FLOTUS" are having the followers from their personal Pages and accounts be transferred over. It's unclear when that transition process will be complete.

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