Trade barriers

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at the Ministry of Commerce in Beijing. On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, China's Commerce Ministry says Washington and Beijing have agreed to cancel tariff hikes as their trade negotiations progress. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
November 07, 2019 - 3:13 pm
BEIJING (AP) — The prospects for a preliminary breakthrough in the U.S.-China trade war improved Thursday after the two sides agreed to reduce some punitive tariffs on each other's goods, though the full extent of the rollback wasn't clear. A Chinese spokesman announced the development Thursday as...
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A currency trader holds a phone at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Asian stocks are mostly lower after a meandering day of trading left U.S. stock indexes close to their record highs. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
November 07, 2019 - 1:38 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Global stocks are mostly higher after a Chinese Commerce Ministry official said Beijing and Washington had agreed to gradually ease tariffs on each other's exports as they reach agreement in trade negotiations. China and the U.S. are working on a "Phase 1" trade agreement as they...
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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping following a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool Photo via AP)
November 06, 2019 - 5:44 pm
PARIS (AP) — When France's president wants to carry European concerns to the world stage to find solutions for climate change, trade tensions or Iran's nuclear ambitions, he no longer calls Washington. He flies to Beijing. President Emmanuel Macron's visit to China this week suggests that the...
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In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, photo, a woman walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo. Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, after investors were rattled by a possible snag in a U.S.-Chinese trade truce following reports Beijing wants Washington to life punitive tariffs. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
November 06, 2019 - 1:17 am
BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday after investors were rattled by a possible snag in a U.S.-Chinese trade truce following reports Beijing wants Washington to lift punitive tariffs. Germany and Paris opened higher and London was unchanged. Tokyo rose while Shanghai...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo trader Phyllis Arena Woods works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov 5. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 05, 2019 - 2:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It's the market that continues mostly upward, even though there's still plenty to worry about. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq closed at record highs yet again on Tuesday, and the S&P 500 closed barely below the all-time high it reached a day earlier. The gains...
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This Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, photo shows cargo cranes at the Port of Tacoma in Tacoma, Wash. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for September. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
November 05, 2019 - 7:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit fell in September to the lowest level in five months as imports dropped more sharply than exports and America ran a rare surplus in petroleum. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the September gap between what America buys from abroad and what it sells...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a live broadcast speaking at the media center during the opening of the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. Xi promised Tuesday to open China wider to imports and foreign investment at the start of a high-profile trade fair meant to rebrand the country as a global customer and warned against trade protectionism. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
November 05, 2019 - 1:19 am
SHANGHAI (AP) — President Xi Jinping promised more gradual market-opening steps at the start of an import fair Tuesday but no initiatives on technology policy and other irritants that sparked a tariff war with Washington. The second China International Import Expo showcases the country's vast...
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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross delivers a speech in Indo-Pacific Business Forum in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
November 04, 2019 - 3:33 am
NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — The U.S. is deeply committed to doing business with Southeast Asia, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Monday at a conference on the sidelines of a regional summit that President Donald Trump chose not to attend. Ross and other American officials showcased American...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2019, the container ship Kota Ekspres is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Commerce Department issues the first estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the July-September quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
November 01, 2019 - 10:07 am
GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization said Friday that China can impose tariffs on up to $3.6 billion worth of U.S. goods over the American government's failure to abide by anti-dumping rules with regard to Chinese products. The move hands China its first such payout at the WTO at a time when...
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A man checks clothing price tags at a fashion retailer store having a promotion sale at a shopping mall in Shenzhen, China's Guangdong province, Friday, Nov. 1, 2019. Chinese leaders are counting on consumers to power the economy, replacing trade and investment as Beijing fights a tariff war with Washington. But shoppers are jittery about possible job losses and are tightening their belts, hurting sales of cars, real estate and other big-ticket items. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
November 01, 2019 - 4:31 am
BEIJING (AP) — With home sales crashing, real estate agent Zhang Yonggang is tightening his belt, part of a plunge in Chinese consumer demand that is a bigger threat to economic growth than Beijing's tariff war with Washington. Zhang, who works in the central city of Taiyuan, said his office sold...
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