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Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, left, Mexico's top trade negotiator Jesus Seade, center, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 2019. Observing from behind are Mexico's Treasury Secretary Arturo Herrera, left, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, second left, Mexico's Labor Secretary Maria Alcade, third left, and The President of the Mexican Senate Ricardo Monreal. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Senate passes US-Canada-Mexico trade deal, a Trump priority

Jan. 16, 2020 4:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement Thursday 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 to his impeachment trial. The vote was 89-10. The measure...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accompanied by Sen. Joni Ernst R-Iowa, and other senators, speaks outside of the Senate chamber, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Senate Republicans plan vote on US-Mexico-Canada trade act

Jan. 14, 2020 4:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans controlling the Senate are taking advantage of delays in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial to speed up a vote on a modified North American trade pact. Thursday's expected vote promises sweeping bipartisan support for legislation implementing the terms of the United...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping stands during a welcome ceremony for Kiribati's President Taneti Maamau at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.  Xi will visit neighboring Myanmar amid efforts to strengthen relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 12, 2020 11:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

FILE - In this April 10 2017, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, accompanied by Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, left, attends a meeting with Myanmar's President Htin Kyaw at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying announced Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, that Xi would visit Myanmar on Jan. 17-18.  (Yohei Kanasashi/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Chinese leader Xi Jinping to visit Myanmar next week

Jan. 10, 2020 3:07 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit neighboring Myanmar next week amid efforts to strengthen relations with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Myanmar has been a close ally in backing China's claims in the South China Sea and a partner in Xi's signature “Belt...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, on the day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

After impeachment, House bestows big trade victory on Trump

Dec. 19, 2019 6:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after its historic impeachment votes, the Democratic-led House gave President Donald Trump an overwhelming bipartisan victory Thursday on a renegotiated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. By a 385-41 vote, the House approved a bill that puts in place terms of the United...

Democratic-led House expected to give Trump big win on trade

Dec. 19, 2019 8:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after impeaching President Donald Trump, the Democratic-led House is expected to overwhelmingly pass one of his signature priorities, a rewrite of the 25-year-old free trade agreement he blames for shipping U.S. manufacturing jobs to Mexico. A bill implementing terms of the...

A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after record highs on Wall Street amid investor optimism about an interim U.S.-China trade deal announced last week. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Global shares mixed as eyes turn from trade to impeachment

Dec. 18, 2019 8:00 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Wednesday as investor optimism fades about last week's U.S.-China trade breakthrough and all eyes turn to U.S. politics, where President Donald Trump is on the cusp of being impeached by the House. According to a tally compiled by The Associated Press,Trump is on track...

A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after record highs on Wall Street amid investor optimism about an interim U.S.-China trade deal announced last week. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares mixed after Wall Street hits new record highs

Dec. 17, 2019 11:34 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares meandered Wednesday after Wall Street logged fresh record highs, but investor optimism about an interim U.S.-China trade deal announced last week was fading. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 erased earlier gains to give up 0.5% to 23,958.63 in morning trading. Australia's S&P/ASX...

Jesus Seade, Mexican undersecretary to North America, walks out following a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer​​ in Washington, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US, Mexico quickly mend rift over North American trade deal

Dec. 16, 2019 4:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Mexico moved quickly Monday to defuse a dispute over President Donald Trump’s revamped North American trade pact. At issue are five labor attaches the United States intends to send to Mexico to oversee the Mexican government’s labor reforms. Those plans...

Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, left, Mexico's top trade negotiator Jesus Seade, center, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 2019. Observing from behind are Mexico's Treasury Secretary Arturo Herrera, left, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, second left, Mexico's Labor Secretary Maria Alcade, third left, and The President of the Mexican Senate Ricardo Monreal. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico reaffirms rejection of US labor inspectors

Dec. 16, 2019 11:34 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday he does not feel tricked by the insertion of a provision for labor inspectors in legislation for a new regional trade agreement before the U.S. Congress. Mexico's lead negotiator for the accord that will replace the North American Free...