Latest Visible trade News

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Suga is on a four-day visit to Vietnam and Indonesia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)

Japan PM pushes closer Southeast Asia ties in China counter

Oct. 21, 2020 2:49 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Japan's new prime minister pledged Wednesday to help Southeast Asian nations increase their maritime security capabilities, as he used his first overseas trip as leader to push his country's vision for greater international cooperation to counter China's influence in the region....

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center left, and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, center right, visit the late President Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Suga is on an official visit to Vietnam. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool)

Japan, Vietnam agree to boost defense ties, resume flights

Oct. 19, 2020 7:13 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam. (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in his first overseas summit since taking office last month, agreed with his Vietnamese counterpart to step up defense and security cooperation in the face of China's expanding influence in the region. In talks in Hanoi on Monday, Suga and...

A member of the Uyghur American Association rallies in front of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, after marching from Capitol Hill in Washington, in support of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act which has passed the House and now will go on to the Senate. The bill prohibits some imports from Xinjiang and imposes sanctions for human rights violations. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Gloves linked to forced labor in China stopped at LA port

Oct. 15, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A shipment of women’s gloves at a California port has been traced to a factory that uses forced labor of people caught up in a brutal crackdown on ethnic minorities in China, U.S. authorities said Thursday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the shipment of 1,900 pairs of...

Judge continues halt of California's ban on gator products

Oct. 15, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — California’s ban on selling alligator products probably violates federal laws and the state cannot enforce it while various legal challenges remain in court, a federal judge has ruled. The state of Louisiana and companies in California, Florida and Texas are suing the state of...

Customers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus look at a newly unveiled new model from the American bicycle brand at a retailed shop in Beijing on July 29, 2020. China's trade growth accelerated in September as the world's second-largest economy recovered form the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China's trade growth accelerates in Sept; exports up 9.9%

Oct. 13, 2020 3:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade picked up in September as global demand for masks and medical supplies boosted exports and the economy's early reopening gave producers an edge over foreign competitors. Exports rose 9.9% over a year earlier to $239.8 billion, up from August’s 9.5%, the fourth...

Customers wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus look at a newly unveiled new model from the American bicycle brand at a retailed shop in Beijing on July 29, 2020. China's trade growth accelerated in September as the world's second-largest economy recovered form the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China's trade growth accelerates in Sept; exports up 9.9%

Oct. 13, 2020 1:22 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade growth accelerated in September as the world’s second-largest economy recovered from the coronavirus pandemic. Exports rose 9.9% over a year earlier to $239.8 billion, up from August’s 9.5% growth, customs data showed Tuesday. Imports gained 13.2% to...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, cargo cranes are used to take containers off of a Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation boat at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. The U.S. trade deficit rose in August to the highest level in 14 years. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the gap between the goods and services the United States sells and what it buys abroad climbed 5.9% in August to $67.1 billion.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

US trade deficit up to $67.1 billion in August, 14-year high

Oct. 6, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit rose in August to the highest level in 14 years. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the gap between the goods and services the United States sells and what it buys abroad climbed 5.9% in August to $67.1 billion, highest since August 2006. Exports rose...

In this photo provided by Nana Mariam Maiga, World Trade Organization Deputy Director General Yi Xiaozhun, centre,  speaks at a news conference in Geneva, Tuesday Oct. 6, 2020, as he presented the world trade body’s revised forecast for merchandise trade growth amid the coronavirus pandemic. The World Trade Organization is predicting a 9.2% drop in merchandise trade this year, saying the hit from the pandemic doesn’t appear to be bad as first thought.  At left is Robert Koopman, WTO chief economist, and at right, WTO spokesman Keith Rockwell. (Nana Mariam Maiga via AP)

Ex-Chinese diplomat details new WTO forecast on world trade

Oct. 6, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A former Chinese diplomat took center stage Tuesday at the World Trade Organization, announcing its revised prediction for a 9.2% percent decline in world merchandise trade this year and cautioning that a further hit could await if the coronavirus continues to spread. Deputy Director-General...

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, people line up at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center at the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region. The Associated Press has found that the Chinese government is carrying out a birth control program aimed at Uighurs, Kazakhs and other largely Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. China’s repression in Tibet, the status of the exiled Dali Lama, and its treatment of ethnic minorities spurred violent protests ahead of Beijing’s 2008 Olympics. It could happen again. China is host to the 2022 Winter Olympics with rumblings of a boycott and calls to remove the games from Beijing because of widespread human rights violations.(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

House approves second bill aimed at forced labor in China

Sep. 30, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the second time in two weeks, the House on Wednesday approved a bill aimed at cracking down on U.S. imports of goods made with the forced labor of detained ethnic minorities in China. The bill would require publicly traded companies in the U.S. to disclose whether any of their goods...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., speaks during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, about a U.S. China trade agreement, accompanied by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, right. On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Sens. Wyden and Brown said the government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US senators demand action after AP exposes palm oil abuses

Sep. 25, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

Lawmakers said Friday that the U.S. government needs to ban the import of products made with child or forced labor after an Associated Press investigation found widespread exploitation in the palm oil industry, from debt bondage to outright slavery. U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Ron Wyden —who spearheaded...