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China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks during a joint press conference of the Co-Chairs Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers' meeting on the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia in Vientiane, Laos, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

ASEAN diplomats praise China's handling of virus outbreak

Feb. 20, 2020 7:45 AM EST

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Southeast Asia’s top diplomats praised China's handling of the virus outbreak and pledged Thursday to help fight the disease that emerged in a central Chinese city and spread in the region and around the world. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi highlighted the unprecedented...

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi arrives for welcome dinner in Vientiane, Laos, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting in Laos Thursday to discuss ways to curb the spread of the new virus infections. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

China’s top diplomat assures Southeast Asia on epidemic

Feb. 19, 2020 10:28 AM EST

VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — China’s top diplomat assured his Southeast Asian counterparts on Wednesday that the situation in a central Chinese province where the outbreak of a new virus began has “been brought under effective control.” Foreign Minister Wang Yi also expressed confidence that...

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, right, talks with Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab at Foreign Ministry in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Britain says 'open for business,' seeks deeper ASEAN ties

Feb. 11, 2020 3:36 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Britain sees huge trading opportunities in Southeast Asia and seeks to build a “new modern and dynamic” relationship with the region's 10 nations after leaving the European Union, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Tuesday. Raab said Britain sees Malaysia as a key...

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi look on. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

Text of President Trump's 2020 State of the Union address

Feb. 5, 2020 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of President Donald Trump's 2020 State of the Union address, as delivered, provided by the White House: Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States and my fellow citizens: Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback....

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a campaign rally at the Knapp Center on the campus of Drake University, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Trump rails against Democratic rivals ahead of Iowa caucuses

Jan. 30, 2020 9:59 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at his top Democratic presidential rivals Thursday, taking his fight to the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa and the crucial battleground state of Michigan. With Democrats set to hold their nominating battle Monday, Trump slammed former Vice...

President Donald Trump pumps his fist after signing a new North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, during an event at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump celebrates major rewrite of North American trade rules

Jan. 29, 2020 6:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a major rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico, celebrating the fulfillment of one of his top campaign promises while declining to share the moment with Democratic lawmakers whose support was essential to getting it over...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the White House to sign a new North American trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Washington. The President is joined by Vice President Mike Pence, left, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, and others. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

What Trump's new North American trade deal actually does

Jan. 29, 2020 2:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump signed a revamped trade agreement with Mexico and Canada into law Wednesday, he kept a campaign pledge to improve upon a deal that he had long condemned. His U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces a 26-year-old version that he and other critics said was a...

A man burn joss sticks as he prays at the Wong Tai Sin Temple, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Hong Kong, to celebrate the Lunar New Year which marks the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac. China is expanding its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushing to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country’s biggest and most festive holiday. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

For businesses, virus in China fans fear and uncertainty

Jan. 24, 2020 6:02 PM EST

China’s worst health crisis in years has sparked fear and uncertainty for businesses from North America to Asia that depend on trade in the affected region. Experts say it’s too soon to know how disruptive the crisis will prove. But it’s already having an impact. McDonald’s has...

Canada to approve new NAFTA free trade deal next week

Jan. 21, 2020 12:24 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday Canada will move next week to formally approve the new North American trade agreement. Trudeau said the government will introduce a motion when Parliament resumes Jan. 27, and will introduce legislation to ratify the deal two days later. Trudeau...

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, center, and members of his staff leave the U.S. Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Earlier the Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement 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 ti his impeachment trial. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Even as Trump claims two victories on trade, doubts remain

Jan. 19, 2020 11:20 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s trade deal with China last week opened up export opportunities for American farmers, manufacturers and energy producers. And his trade pact with Canada and Mexico, approved Thursday by the Senate, could help restore some auto production in the United...