Trade barriers

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, center, poses with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, right, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, for photos before holding talks at the Xijiao Conference Center in Shanghai Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)
July 31, 2019 - 11:00 am
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...
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A couple embrace in the crowded Rastro street market in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, July 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)
July 31, 2019 - 10:59 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation and growth have sagged in the eurozone, official figures showed Wednesday, bolstering the case for the European Central Bank to inject another dose of monetary stimulus into the 19-country currency bloc at its September meeting. The European Union's statistics...
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A U.S. flag flies on a U.S. consulate car, with the backdrop of buildings in the Lujiazui financial district, outside a hotel where U.S. trade negotiators are staying, in Shanghai Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (Greg Baker/Pool Photo via AP)
July 31, 2019 - 10:34 am
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...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2019,file photo, workers talk at a composite materials manufacturing plant in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu province. China’s factory activity contracted in July for a third month amid a tariff war with Washington and weak domestic demand. A monthly index released Wednesday, July 31, 2019, by an industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, stood at 49.7 on a 100-point scale. (Chinatopix via AP, File)
July 31, 2019 - 12:36 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's factory activity contracted in July for a third month amid a tariff war with Washington and weak domestic demand. A monthly index released Wednesday by an industry group, the China Federation of Logistics & Purchasing, stood at 49.7 on a 100-point scale. That was up 0.3...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2019, file photo, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. 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 Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, July 26, and both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would clear the way for Congress to approve Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
July 30, 2019 - 12:30 am
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...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2019, file photo, commuters walk by the new Huawei P30 smartphone advertisement on display inside a subway station in Beijing. 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, July 30, 2019 on an array of disputes that has grown to include tension over Chinese tech giant Huawei. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
July 29, 2019 - 6:37 am
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...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2019 file photo French President Emmanuel Macron, left, meets U.S President Donald Trump during a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. President Donald Trump promised on Friday July 26, 2019 to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. Trump said referring to French President Emmanuel Macron: "We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron's foolishness shortly."(Ian Langsdon/POOL via AP, File)
July 27, 2019 - 12:47 pm
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...
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FILE - In this June 21, 2019 file photo, first lady Cilia Flores stands behind her husband Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference, at Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, Venezuela. The U.S. on Thursday, July 25, 2019, placed sanctions on two businessman and three sons of Venezuela's first lady, for allegedly forming part of a network that stole hundreds of millions in dollars from food import contracts at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked South American nation. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
July 25, 2019 - 1:31 pm
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The U.S. on Thursday imposed sanctions on three stepsons of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, accusing them of forming part of a sophisticated scheme that stole hundreds of millions in dollars from food import contracts at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked...
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President of European Central Bank Mario Draghi comes to a press conference following a meeting of the governing council in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, July 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
July 25, 2019 - 10:32 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank joined the U.S Federal Reserve in making clear that more stimulus could be coming soon to support an economy weakening in the face of global trade tensions. The ECB left its key interest benchmarks unchanged at a policy meeting Thursday but said...
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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Asian shares have rallied after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq closed at record highs. South Korea’s Kospi sank early Thursday after North Korea launched two short range missiles into the sea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 25, 2019 - 4:47 am
BANGKOK (AP) — World shares are mostly higher as investors watch for policy moves by the European Central Bank. The gains follow record high closes for the S&P 500 and Nasdaq overnight. South Korea's Kospi declined, however, after rival North Korea launched two short range missiles into the sea...
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