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China suspends tariff hikes on US cars, auto parts

Dec. 14, 2018 7:28 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China announced a 90-day suspension on Friday of tariff hikes on U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth. The suspension is China's first step in response to President Donald Trump's Dec. 1 agreement to...

US, Canada look to ease strains amid 3-way spat with China

Dec. 14, 2018 6:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Canada moved Friday to ease tensions between them over the case of a top Chinese technology executive whose arrest by Canadian authorities has sparked a diplomatic crisis entangling the three countries. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese...

Detentions raise fears, cast doubt on China's policies

Dec. 14, 2018 3:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — By detaining two Canadians in an apparent act of retaliation, China is looking like the country its harshest critics say it is: one unbound by the laws, rules and procedures that govern other major industrial nations. Canada's arrest of a top Chinese technology executive at the request of...

The Latest: Pompeo condemns China's detention of 2 Canadians

Dec. 14, 2018 1:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on talks between the U.S. and Canada (all times local): ___ 1:50 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the detention of two Canadian citizens in China is unlawful and is calling for them to be released. China detained the two Canadians this week in apparent retaliation...

China urges Japan to ensure rights of 2 in shrine protest

Dec. 14, 2018 7:53 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has urged Japan to ensure the legal rights of two Hong Kong residents who staged a protest this week at a Tokyo shrine honoring Japan's war dead, the foreign ministry said Friday. Ministry spokesman Lu Kang did not say whether Beijing considered the protest justified, but urged Japan...

Trump's new Africa strategy takes sharp aim at China, Russia

Dec. 13, 2018 12:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage." National...

The Latest: China confirms holding 2 Canadians

Dec. 13, 2018 12:09 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the detentions in China of two Canadian men (all times local): 3:55 p.m. China has confirmed it has detained two Canadian men, saying they were being detained on suspicion of "endangering national security." Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Thursday that entrepreneur...

Detention of Canadians raises stakes in China-US-Canada row

Dec. 13, 2018 10:54 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China confirmed Thursday that it has detained two Canadian men, raising the stakes in a three-way dispute over a Chinese technology executive facing possible extradition from Canada to the United States. Entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were taken into custody...

Biographical sketches of 2 Canadians detained in China

Dec. 13, 2018 4:37 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Two Canadian citizens were detained in China recently after Canada seized a Chinese business executive wanted by the U.S. over allegations of deceptive banking practices and breaking sanctions on Iran. Below are profiles of the two men, one a diplomat on hiatus working for an international...

Analysis: China plays hardball with ex-diplomat's seizure

Dec. 12, 2018 11:46 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is playing hardball with the detention of a former Canadian diplomat days after Canada arrested a leading Chinese executive. In many ways it looks like a classic Chinese response to perceived slights: Deny any wrongdoing, seize the moral high ground and exert maximum pressure to...