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Trump, Xi to Meet as Trade War Wears On

Officials say meeting will take place at G20 summit

(Newser) - Amid a continued trade dispute between their two countries, President Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, plan to meet next month at the Group of 20 leaders’ summit in Buenos Aires. Officials say the Trump administration notified Beijing in recent days that plans for a meeting at the multilateral... More »

Tense International Encounter Unfolds in South China Sea

A US Destroyer was aggressively approached by a Chinese warship

(Newser) - A tense encounter unfolded Sunday between US and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea. Per CNN , the American destroyer USS Decatur was aggressively approached by a Chinese warship while conducting what are called freedom of navigation operations in the Spratly Islands. in a statement, Capt. Charles Brown with the... More »

Amid Tariff Hikes, Beijing Appeals for Free Trade

'It is essential that we uphold the basic principles of multilateralism and free trade'

(Newser) - China's No. 2 leader appealed Wednesday for support for free trade and promised to improve conditions for foreign companies following tit-for-tat US and Chinese tariff hikes in an escalating battle over Beijing's technology policy. Premier Li Keqiang's comments add to Beijing's effort to portray itself as... More »

Trump Fires Another Shot in China Trade War

He slaps tariffs on another $200B in goods

(Newser) - The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world's two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. The tariffs will start at 10%, beginning Monday of next week,... More »

China Has Stopped Accepting Applications From US Firms

Business group says it is retaliation for tariffs

(Newser) - Amid a worsening tariff battle, China is putting off accepting license applications from American companies in financial services and other industries until Washington makes progress toward a settlement, a business group says. The disclosure Tuesday is the first public confirmation of US companies' fears that their operations in China or... More »

US May Make Rare Move Against China

White House considers penalties over human rights issue, the treatment of Uighur Muslims

(Newser) - President Trump has been quick to go after China on trade issues , but the New York Times reports his administration is poised to penalize Beijing on a human rights issue for perhaps the first time. The administration is considering sanctions in response to China's crackdown on minority Muslims, specifically... More »

US-China Trade War Hits New Low

China releases video mocking US bacon, bourbon as billions in tariff hikes go into effect Thursday

(Newser) - The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other's automobiles, factory machinery, and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing's technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth. The increases came as envoys met... More »

China Has US Targets in Crosshairs: Pentagon

A new report says the People's Liberation Army is training for long-distance strikes

(Newser) - China is flexing its military muscles, according to a Pentagon report that gets right to the troubling point: "Over the last three years, the PLA [People's Liberation Army] has rapidly expanded its overwater bomber operating areas, gaining experience in critical maritime regions and likely training for strikes against... More »

Dow Rises 400 on China Trade Talks

Markets happy officials from US and Beijing will meet this month

(Newser) - Stocks are sharply higher in midday trading on Wall Street following signs of progress in defusing the trade dispute between China and the US. Investors were encouraged to see that China was sending a trade envoy to Washington, which would be the first talks between the two countries since June,... More »

US Ship With Soybeans Raced the Clock Toward China

But 'Peak Pegasus' appears to have fallen just short, as tariffs go into effect

(Newser) - Trade disputes generally don't lend themselves to exciting visuals, but the new one between the US and China might be an exception. As the deadline neared for new penalties to take effect, a ship laden with US soybeans raced toward the Chinese port of Dalian, capturing the attention of... More »

Trump's Tariffs Hit China, China Fires Back

But Asian markets weren't rattled by the tit-for-tat

(Newser) - The United States hiked tariffs on Chinese imports Friday and Beijing announced it was retaliating against American goods in a technology dispute between the world's two biggest economies that President Trump says he is prepared to escalate. Washington imposed 25% tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports, a... More »

China Slams US 'Blackmail' as Tariffs Loom

Beijing says it won't 'bow in the face of threats'

(Newser) - China rejected "threats and blackmail" ahead of a threatened US tariff hike , striking a defiant stance Thursday in a dispute companies worry could flare into a full-blown trade war and chill the global economy. A government spokesman says Beijing will defend itself if President Trump goes ahead Friday with... More »

Dow Is Now in the Red for the Year

Worries about a US-China trade war are increasing

(Newser) - The stock market opened on a down note and finished in pretty much the same place, all thanks to investor worries about a possible trade war between the US and China. The Dow lost 287 points to finish at 24,700, enough to wipe out all 2018 gains, reports MarketWatch... More »

Dow Falls 300+ at Open on Trade War Fears

Investors worried about tensions with Beijing

(Newser) - The stock market opened on a sour note Tuesday amid investor fears that a full-blown trade war between the US and China is in the offing. The Dow fell more than 300 points, or 1.2%, in the first minutes of trading, and the S&P 500 and Nasdaq were... More »

Trump Quadruples Down on China Tariff Threat

'China apparently has no intention of changing its unfair practices'

(Newser) - President Trump directed the US Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports Monday as the two nations moved closer to a potential trade war. The tariffs, which Trump wants set at a 10% rate, would be the latest round of punitive measures in an escalating... More »

China's ZTE Will Pay Huge Fine to End US Sanctions

'We still retain the power to shut them down again,' say commerce chief Ross

(Newser) - The United States has reached a deal with Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE Corp . that includes a $1 billion fine, says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The resolution of the ZTE case may clear the way for the US to make progress in its high-stakes trade talks with China, per the AP... More »

Even Trump Allies Fear China Is Out-Negotiating US

But president touts progress and criticizes Democrats for doing 'nothing' for years

(Newser) - President Trump on Monday made the case that his White House is righting years of wrong in regard to China. Beijing "has agreed to buy massive amounts of ADDITIONAL Farm/Agricultural Products - would be one of the best things to happen to our farmers in many years!" he... More »

China Cancels US Orders, Buys Russian Soy

Beijing calls off investigation of US sorghum

(Newser) - The US-China trade dispute is excellent news for farmers—in Russia. Amid uncertainty over future US tariffs, China has canceled several shipments from American soybean producers and tripled the amount it is buying from Russia, Bloomberg reports. According to the Russian government's latest statistics, Russia sold 850,000 metric... More »

Trump Defends Move to Save Chinese Company

ZTE buys parts from US firms, he says

(Newser) - President Trump on Monday defended his e fforts to help a Chinese telecommunications company that violated US sanctions "get back into business, fast," despite criticism from Democrats and Republicans that the company poses a national security risk. "ZTE, the large Chinese phone company, buys a big percentage... More »

China Welcomes Trump's Move to Save Firm

Vice premier is visiting US to cool trade dispute

(Newser) - China said Monday it is sending an envoy to the United States this week for talks aimed at cooling a trade dispute that threatens to upend markets from soy beans to steel, and welcomed comments by President Trump hinting at a possible easing of sanctions on embattled Chinese telecommunications firm... More »

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