Latest International trade News

Chinese broadens its propaganda drive to heartland America

Oct. 20, 2018 9:22 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — China's propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration. The publication last month of a four-page advertising section in the Des Moines Register opened a new battle line in China's effort to break the...

Japan deepens Southeast Asian ties with airmen program

Oct. 19, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Japan's defense minister says he plans to start a program for professional airmen to strengthen ties between his country and Southeast Asia. Takeshi Iwaya says the program fits in with the government's vision to raise defense cooperation with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian...

European, Asian leaders want free trade, push back at Trump

Oct. 19, 2018 2:22 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Europe and Asia presented a united front Friday in support of free trade based on international rules and cooperation, starkly underscoring their differences with U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" policy. That support for free trade "is the most important signal from this...

China's growth slows as officials try to reassure investors

Oct. 19, 2018 12:03 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China reported economic growth sank to a post-global crisis low as finance officials launched a media blitz Friday to shore up confidence in its sagging stock market. Growth in the quarter that ended in September slipped to 6.5 percent over a year earlier from the previous quarter's 6.7...

South Korea, Britain in talks about future trade talks

Oct. 19, 2018 10:48 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — South Korea's foreign minister says Seoul has begun "contingency planning" to ensure that her country and Britain maintain close trade relations after Britain leaves the European Union. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said Friday that "we are already having serious discussions about this."...

Southeast Asian navies to hold 1st joint drills with China

Oct. 19, 2018 5:17 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Southeast Asian navies are heading to their first joint exercises with China in its southern waters next week, and defense officials agreed Friday to conduct a similar drill with the U.S. next year. Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said the Oct. 22-28 drills in waters surrounding...

Heitkamp renews ad apology; Cramer says she's not bipartisan

Oct. 18, 2018 11:20 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp opened her debate Thursday against Republican challenger Kevin Cramer with a renewed apology for a newspaper ad attacking her opponent that improperly identified some survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, calling it a "grave and horrible error." "I am...

Pressure turns to Mexico as migrant caravan heads for border

Oct. 18, 2018 10:43 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — As some 3,000 Hondurans made their way through Guatemala, attention turned to Mexico, after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Thursday to close the U.S.-Mexico border if authorities there fail to stop them — a nearly unthinkable move that would disrupt hundreds of...

The Latest: Mexican officials say activist resisted arrest

Oct. 18, 2018 10:41 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The latest on the caravan of Central American migrants trying to advance toward the United States. (all times local): 11:35 p.m. Mexican immigration officials say activist Irineo Mujica, who has dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship, is accused of property damage and resisting arrest. A...

The Latest: UN expert: Government abductions are new worry

Oct. 18, 2018 9:21 PM EDT

The Latest on the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month (all times Eastern Daylight Time): 9:15 p.m. A U.N. expert says the world is witnessing "a new and very worrisome practice" of governments...