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FILE-In this Sept. 11, 2018 file photo, live lobsters are packed in coolers for shipment to China at The Lobster Company in Arundel, Maine. The busiest season for lobster exports to China is around Chinese New Year, which took place Saturday. Lobsters have exploded in popularity with the Chinese middle class but President Donald Trump's trade hostilities with China led to tariffs in 2018 that cratered the U.S. export market. Meanwhile, Canada's market has surged. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, files)

China deal might not bail out lobster industry this New Year

Jan. 25, 2020 9:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — American seafood exporters are optimistic that a new trade deal with China will allow them to claw back into one of the world's biggest markets for lobster, but help might not have arrived in time for the biggest day on the calendar. The busiest season for lobster exports to China...

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, center, and members of his staff leave the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Earlier the Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico and gives President Donald Trump a major policy win before senators turn their full attention ti his impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Even as Trump claims two victories on trade, doubts remain

Jan. 19, 2020 11:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s trade deal with China last week opened up export opportunities for American farmers, manufacturers and energy producers. And his trade pact with Canada and Mexico, approved Thursday by the Senate, could help restore some auto production in the United...

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2019, file photo, a dealer at Cape Porpoise holds a 3 1/2 pound lobster in Kennebunkport, Maine. Members of the US lobster industry are hopeful a thaw in trade relations with China in 2020 could reopen one of the biggest markets in the world. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

US lobster industry hopes new deal renews trade with China

Jan. 15, 2020 5:40 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of the American lobster industry are hopeful the thawing of trade relations between the U.S. and China will reopen one of the biggest markets in the world for lobsters. China is one of the biggest export destinations for lobster, which are trapped in the cold waters of the...

President Donald Trump holds the signed a trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Emphasis on US exports, trade secrets in China trade deal

Jan. 15, 2020 5:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China reached a trade deal Wednesday that eases tensions between the world’s two biggest economies, offers massive export opportunities for U.S. farms and factories, and promises to do more to protect American trade secrets. Still, the Phase 1 agreement...

A worker waits to transport containers at the container port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. China's exports rose 0.5% in 2019 despite a tariff war with Washington after growth rebounded in December on stronger demand from other markets. (Chinatopix Via AP)

US-China pact signing to ease tension but leaves much undone

Jan. 15, 2020 5:59 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 18 months of economic combat, the United States and China are set to take a step toward peace Wednesday. At least for now. President Donald Trump and China's chief negotiator, Liu He, are scheduled to sign a modest trade agreement in which the administration will ease some sanctions...

A worker waits to transport containers at the container port in Qingdao in eastern China's Shandong province on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. China's exports rose 0.5% in 2019 despite a tariff war with Washington after growth rebounded in December on stronger demand from other markets. (Chinatopix Via AP)

US-China pact signing to ease tension but leave much undone

Jan. 15, 2020 12:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 18 months of economic combat, the United States and China are set to take a step toward peace Wednesday. At least for now. President Donald Trump and China's chief negotiator, Liu He, are scheduled to sign a modest trade agreement in which the administration will ease some sanctions...

FILE - This Aug. 23, 2019, file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Global stock markets are subdued as investors look ahead to the signing of an interim U.S.-China trade deal. Indexes were mixed in Europe while those in Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea finished higher. Investor focus has shifted to the trade deal as concern over potential U.S.-Iranian conflict has faded.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Asian shares rise on optimism about US-China trade deal

Jan. 13, 2020 10:35 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares followed Wall Street higher on Tuesday amid optimism that a trade deal between the U.S. and China will be a boon for the regional economy. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.7% in morning trading to 24,026.10, while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.6% to 6,946.80. South...

A currency trader walks by the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Asian stocks have risen as investors shrug off weaker-than-expected American jobs data and look ahead to the signing of a U.S.-China trade deal. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia all advanced. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Global markets subdued ahead of US-China trade pact signing

Jan. 13, 2020 7:33 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued Monday ahead of the signing of an interim U.S.-Chinese trade pact and as concerns about U.S.-Iranian tensions eased. Indexes in Europe were mixed after Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea finished higher. Japanese markets were closed for a holiday and...

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, American flags are displayed together with Chinese flags on top of a trishaw in Beijing. China's economy czar will visit Washington next week for the signing of an interim trade deal, the government said Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China's economy czar going to Washington to sign trade deal

Jan. 9, 2020 3:33 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economy czar will visit Washington next week for the signing of an interim trade deal, the government said Thursday. Vice Premier Liu He, Beijing’s chief envoy in talks with Washington over their tariff war, had been expected to attend the signing but the Commerce...

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, visitors walk by U.S. soybean companies' booths at the international soybean exhibition in Shanghai, China. President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest economies. Yet skeptics are questioning how much China has committed to buy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

Dec. 26, 2019 10:54 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest economies....