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Trump: China Will Back Down, Do the 'Right Thing'

'President Xi and I will always be friends, no matter what happens with our dispute on trade'

(Newser) - China will take down its trade barriers "because it is the right thing to do," President Trump tweeted early Sunday, adding that "Taxes will become Reciprocal & a deal will be made on Intellectual Property. Great future for both countries!" Further, "President Xi and I... More »

Stocks Get Hammered on US-China Threats

Dow plunges 572 points

(Newser) - Another increase in trade tensions caused stocks to fall sharply Friday as the US and China exchanged threats. Stocks have changed direction again and again this week as investors tried to get a sense of whether a trade dispute between the two nations will escalate, an outcome that could have... More »

Trump Threatens China With a New $100B Hit

'This is what a trade war looks like'

(Newser) - "This is what a trade war looks like, and what we have warned against from the start," said National Retail Federation President Matthew Shay after President Trump threatened tariffs on another $100 billion in Chinese goods on Thursday. The White House says Trump has directed trade officials to... More »

Trade War Looms as China Hits Back at Trump Tariffs

Beijing targets 3 biggest US imports

(Newser) - China says it doesn't want a trade war—but it's not going to back down if President Trump starts one. After the Trump administration recommended new 25% tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods Tuesday, Beijing hit back within hours with its own proposed tariffs on 106 American... More »

China Slaps New Tariffs on 128 US Products

Beijing says it's payback for Trump tariffs

(Newser) - China has made good on its threat to retaliate for President Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum. Beijing says it is slapping new tariffs on 128 kinds of American products, including pork, wine, and numerous kinds of fruit, "in order to safeguard China's interests and balance... More »

China Announces Response to Trump's Tariff Hike

On the hit list: American pork, apples, wine

(Newser) - China announced a list of US goods including pork, apples, and steel pipe it says may be hit with higher import duties in response to President Trump's tariff hike on steel and aluminum. The Commerce Ministry called on Washington to negotiate a settlement as soon as possible but set... More »

China: 'We Don't Want to See a Trade War'

Premier says Beijing won't use US debt as leverage

(Newser) - Premier Li Keqiang said Tuesday that China doesn't want to see a "trade war" with the United States and hopes to reach a negotiated settlement of disputes. Speaking at a nationally televised news conference, Li said rash action would hurt all sides. He made no mention of a... More »

Trump Leaves China and Really Changes His Tone

He talks tough on trade

(Newser) - Hours after leaving Beijing, President Trump on Friday delivered what appeared to be a sharp rebuke to China, declaring that he won't allow the US to be "taken advantage of any more" when it comes to trade. He pledged to always "put America first." Speaking at... More »

China Says US Move Will 'Poison' Relations

Trump orders a preliminary inquiry into Beijing's trade practices

(Newser) - US relations with China took a potentially nasty turn on Monday when President Trump ordered a preliminary inquiry into Beijing's trade practices. Even before Trump formally signed a memorandum to put things in motion, China made it clear it was unhappy. The move will hurt the US economy and... More »

China: US Has Apologized for White House Gaffe

Release said Xi Jinping was president of Taiwan

(Newser) - The United States has apologized for mistakenly describing Chinese President Xi Jinping as the leader of Taiwan, China said Monday. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China asked the United States for an explanation of the mistake, and the US said it was a technical error. Washington apologized and corrected... More »

New US-China Deal Touted as 'Herculean Accomplishment'

Deal allows US beef into China; Chinese poultry into US

(Newser) - China will finally open its borders to US beef while cooked Chinese poultry is closer to hitting the American market as part of a US-China trade agreement. Trump administration officials hailed the deal as a significant step in their efforts to boost US exports and even America's trade gap... More »

Trump Talks to Xi, Grants 'One China' Request

President pledges to keep long-standing policy

(Newser) - A day after offering belated Chinese New Year greetings , President Trump gave Beijing something more substantial: his assurances that he respects America's long-standing "one China" policy and plans to adhere to it. Trump had his first conversation with China's President Xi Jinping late Thursday and the White... More »

China Just Seized an Underwater US Drone

It was operating in the South China Sea

(Newser) - More tensions with China: The Pentagon says a Chinese naval ship on Thursday seized a US underwater drone in the South China Sea, reports Reuters . US officials have lodged a formal request to get the unmanned, underwater vehicle, or UUV, back. "The UUV was lawfully conducting a military survey... More »

US Will Sail Near China Islands 8 Times a Year

Defense official estimates 2 patrols every 3 months

(Newser) - The US angered Beijing last month when it sent a warship near China's man-made islands in the South China Sea. It was not a one-time thing: A defense official tells Reuters that similar patrols—those within 12 nautical miles, signaling that the US doesn't recognize China's sovereignty—... More »

US, China Pull a Surprise: Major Climate Deal

World's 2 largest polluters join forces to curb emissions

(Newser) - The US and China rank as the world's two largest polluters , but a surprise deal is turning them into the world's two largest pollution fighters: The nations announced that they'll be working in tandem on long-term greenhouse-gas controls that would cut emissions by nearly a third over... More »

China: iPhone Is Threat to National Security

Beijing worried about state secrets being stolen

(Newser) - China is lashing out at Apple, claiming that the iPhone is a danger to national security because of its ability to track and record user's whereabouts, reports Reuters . A researcher who appeared on today’s CCTV state media broadcast lambasted the tech giant, saying that if China’s “... More »

China to Obama: Don't Meet Dalai Lama

Move will 'gravely damage' relations, Beijing warns

(Newser) - China has warned President Obama that he will inflict "grave damages upon the China-US relationship" if he meets with the Dalai Lama today as planned. The White House says the president will meet the Tibetan spiritual leader as a show of concern for human rights in China—a move... More »

Biden Stirs Pot in Beijing as Tensions Simmer

He begins China visit amid soaring regional tensions

(Newser) - Joe Biden has landed in Beijing for what was meant to be a trade mission but has become a high-stakes bid to calm soaring regional tensions over China's new air-defense zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
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US: Obama Pushed China on Cyberspying

President, Chinese leader Xi Jinping wrap up 2-day summit

(Newser) - President Obama pushed Chinese President Xi Jinping to do more to address the online theft of US intellectual and other property coming from his country and said the hacking is "inconsistent with the kind of relationship we want to have with China," a top White House aide said.... More »

US-China Summit: High Stakes, Casual Vibe

Obama meeting with Xi Jinping at California estate

(Newser) - Cyber-spying, trade, North Korea, US military maneuvers—there's no shortage of big issues for President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping to tackle tonight and tomorrow during their informal summit in Southern California. But the biggest emphasis is on establishing "personal chemistry," reports the Wall Street Journal... More »

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