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Trump delays tariffs on some Chinese goods until December

Aug. 13, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Responding to pressure from businesses and growing fears that a trade war is threatening the U.S. economy, the Trump administration is delaying most of the import taxes it planned to impose on Chinese goods and is dropping others altogether. The announcement Tuesday from the Office of the...

US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others

Aug. 13, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday that it is still...

Trump says new agreement with EU will boost beef exports

Aug. 2, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated a new agreement Friday that is projected to increase beef exports to the European Union by more than $270 million a year once it is fully in place. Trump portrayed the agreement as standing up for farmers and ranchers. Producers have been hurt by...

US says new round of talks with China were 'constructive'

Jul. 31, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — U.S. and Chinese envoys held "constructive" trade talks on Wednesday, the White House said, after President Donald Trump rattled financial markets by accusing Beijing of trying to stall in hopes he will fail to win reelection in 2020. The meeting, aimed at ending a tariff war over trade and...

The Latest: US, China expected to resume talks in September

Jul. 31, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Latest on China-U.S. trade talks (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Trade talks between the U.S. and China are expected to resume in Washington in early September. The White House announced the fresh round of talks on Wednesday after negotiating teams for both sides had concluded a renewed...

Global shares mixed as markets await US Fed rate decision

Jul. 31, 2019 7:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — European stock markets traded in fairly narrow ranges Wednesday as investors looked ahead to an anticipated U.S. Federal Reserve rate cut later in the day. Markets have generally recovered their poise a day after being spooked by comments from President Donald Trump, who accused Beijing of...

Trump: China wants to delay trade talks past 2020 election

Jul. 30, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has accused China of wanting to stall trade negotiations through the 2020 election in hopes of being able to negotiate with a more malleable Democratic president. Yet if re-elected, Trump threatened to get "much tougher" with Beijing. "China would love to wait and...

Trump administration, Democrats make progress on new NAFTA

Jul. 30, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from "no way" to "maybe" on President Donald Trump's rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico. House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, and both sides say they are...

US, China revive trade talks with low hopes for progress

Jul. 29, 2019 6:37 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Two months after U.S.-Chinese talks aimed at ending a tariff war broke down, both sides are trying to temper hopes for a breakthrough when negotiations resume Tuesday on an array of disputes that has grown to include tension over China's tech giant Huawei. Rhetoric has hardened despite the...

French wine vs US tech prowess: new Trump-Macron standoff

Jul. 27, 2019 12:48 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France is pushing ahead with a landmark tax on tech companies like Google and Facebook despite U.S. President Donald Trump's threats of retaliatory tariffs on French wine. That's rattling French vintners, who sold 1.6 billion euros ($1.78 billion) worth of wine last year to American consumers....