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President Donald Trump speaks at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
May 17, 2019 - 4:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and U.S. trade tariffs (all times local): 4:10 p.m. Mexico is hailing as "very satisfactory" an agreement with the United States to end U.S. tariffs on Mexican steel and aluminum as well as lift retaliatory measures imposed by Mexico. President...
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Chinese investors react as they monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Shares opened moderately lower in Asia on Tuesday after a dismal day on Wall Street as investors fled uncertainty over the China-U.S. trade standoff. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
May 14, 2019 - 2:22 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares declined moderately in Asia on Tuesday after a dismal day on Wall Street as investors fled uncertainty over the China-U.S. trade standoff. The Shanghai Composite index slipped 0.2% to 2,896.60 while Japan's Nikkei 225 gave up 0.6% to 21,067.23. The Hang Seng index in Hong Kong...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo trader Jonathan Corpina works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 13, 2019 - 5:31 pm
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 600 points Monday as investors sought shelter from an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. The selling was widespread and heavy, handing the benchmark S&P 500 index its biggest loss since January. The sell-off extended the market's...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo trader Jonathan Corpina works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
May 13, 2019 - 3:20 pm
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 500 points Monday as investors sought shelter from an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. The Dow and S&P 500 index each fell more than 2% as investors sold trade-sensitive shares in a broad sell-off that extended the market's...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2019, file photo, cargo containers are staged near cranes at the Port of Tacoma, in Tacoma, Wash. China has announced tariff hikes on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's escalation of a fight over technology and other trade disputes. The Finance Ministry said Monday, May 13, the penalty duties of 5% to 25% on hundreds of U.S. products including batteries, spinach and coffee take effect June 1. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
May 13, 2019 - 3:19 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Escalating its trade war with the U.S. and sending world financial markets into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump's latest penalties on Chinese products. Tariffs of 5% to 25% will take...
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A woman walks by a bench painted with an American flag outside a fashion boutique selling U.S. brand clothing at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Monday, May 13, 2019. Companies waited Monday to see how China decides to retaliate for President Donald Trump's latest tariff hike while forecasters warned their escalating fight over technology and trade might disrupt a Chinese economic recovery. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
May 13, 2019 - 9:30 am
BEIJING (AP) — Deepening a trade battle and sending financial markets spinning, China announced Monday it was raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for the latest hike in U.S. tariffs on its exports. The Finance Ministry said Monday the new penalty duties of 5% to 25% on...
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, and his Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer arrive at a hotel in Beijing, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Mnuchin and his Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer arrive to China's capital to hold a new round of high-level trade talks with China on March 28-29, start with a working dinner. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 28, 2019 - 6:49 am
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. trade negotiators arrived in Beijing on Thursday to start a new round of talks aimed at ending a tariff war over China's technology ambitions as officials hint they might be making progress. The meetings are the latest in a rapid-fire series of exchanges seeking to end the...
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gestures as he speaks to media upon his arrival to a hotel with his Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Beijing, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Mnuchin and his Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer arrive at China's capital to hold a new round of high-level trade talks with China on March 28-29, start with a working dinner. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 28, 2019 - 6:31 am
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. trade negotiators arrived in Beijing on Thursday to start a new round of talks aimed at ending a tariff war over China's technology ambitions as officials hint they might be making progress. The meetings are the latest in a rapid-fire series of exchanges seeking to end the...
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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gestures as he speaks to media upon his arrival to a hotel with his Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Beijing, Thursday, March 28, 2019. Mnuchin and his Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer arrive at China's capital to hold a new round of high-level trade talks with China on March 28-29, start with a working dinner. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 28, 2019 - 5:11 am
BEIJING (AP) — U.S. trade negotiators arrived in Beijing on Thursday to start a new round of talks aimed at ending a tariff war over China's technology ambitions as officials hint they might be making progress. The meetings are the latest in a rapid-fire series of exchanges seeking to end the...
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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella during a business forum inside the Quirinale Presidential, in Rome, Friday, March 22, 2019. Mattarella told visiting President Jinping on Friday that China’s new “Silk Road” linking Europe and Asia must be a “two-way street,” addressing concerns among Western allies that the colossal infrastructure project is meant merely to amplify Beijing’s influence in the region. (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo via AP)
March 22, 2019 - 12:30 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italy's head of state told visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that China's new "Silk Road" linking Europe and Asia must be a "two-way street," addressing concerns among Western allies that the colossal infrastructure project is meant merely to amplify Beijing's global...
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