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China slump squeezes workers, hammers consumer spending

Jan. 17, 2019 11:21 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Yu Mingang had a good job helping Chinese manufacturers prepare to sell shares to the public until the cooling economy derailed those plans. As demand for auditing services sank, the 25-year-old accountant in the eastern city of Hangzhou was laid off in December. Yu tightened his belt: No...

China says economy czar to visit Washington for trade talks

Jan. 17, 2019 6:01 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The top U.S. and Chinese trade envoys will hold talks in Washington this month in a possible sign of progress toward ending a costly tariff battle over Beijing's technology ambitions. The Ministry of Commerce announcement of the Jan. 30-31 event was the first sign of a next step by the two...

Human Rights Watch: Global pushback against autocrats grows

Jan. 17, 2019 5:26 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. In its annual assessment of rights around the world, the advocacy group...

Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats

Jan. 17, 2019 12:55 AM EST

HSINCHU, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary. Artillery and assault helicopters fired at targets off the west coast city of Taichung, while French-made Mirage fighter...

US assessment raises concerns over China attacking Taiwan

Jan. 16, 2019 6:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid increasing tensions with Beijing, the Pentagon has released a new report that lays out U.S. concerns about China's growing military might, underscoring worries about a possible attack against Taiwan. Speaking to reporters, a senior defense intelligence official said Tuesday that the...

Analysis: China pulling out all stops in Canada tensions

Jan. 15, 2019 7:15 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping's government is sparing no expense to its international reputation in its determination to force Canada to back down over the case of a Chinese telecommunications executive it detained last month. While Beijing formally denies any connection, the arrest of two...

China to cut taxes, keep policy flexible to counter slowdown

Jan. 15, 2019 1:58 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China plans to slash taxes, step up spending and provide ample financing to private and small enterprises to help counter the country's worst slowdown since the global financial crisis and the impact of a bruising trade war with the U.S. The People's Bank of China is confident it can keep...

Trade war delaying Chinese automaker's US plans

Jan. 14, 2019 6:21 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S.-China trade war has delayed but not derailed Chinese automaker GAC Motor's plans to enter the American market, company officials said Monday. Company President Yu Jun, speaking at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, said the dispute is a factor in moving its U.S....

Chinese exports to US sank last month as tariffs took a toll

Jan. 14, 2019 11:05 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's 2018 trade surplus with the United States surged to a record $323.3 billion, but exports contracted in December as the delayed impact of President Donald Trump's tariff hikes started to hurt demand. Exports to the United States in 2018 rose 11.3 percent to $478.4 billion despite...

China says it exchanged data with NASA on far side landing

Jan. 14, 2019 6:41 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China exchanged data with NASA on its recent mission to land a Chinese spacecraft on the far side of the moon, the Chinese space agency said Monday, in what was reportedly the first such collaboration since an American law banned joint space projects with China that do not have prior...