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China slowdown, trade disputes weigh on Asia factory activity

Factory activity weakened across Asia in December as the Sino-U.S. trade war and a slowdown in Chinese demand hit production in most economies, strengthening the case for a pause in interest rate hikes in the region in 2019. A series of purchasing managers' indexes for December released on Wednesday mostly showed declines or slowdowns in... Continue Reading →

Suga says Japan wants to promote free and fair trade for global economy

Japan's top government spokesman said on Wednesday his government wants to promote rules that protect free and fair trade for the global economy. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, speaking during a recording of a TV program at Japanese broadcaster BS11, said Japan is ready to explain its stance in trade negotiations with the United States.... Continue Reading →

China commerce ministry welcomes a U.S. trade delegation to visit

China would welcome any U.S. trade delegation to visit, a commerce ministry spokesman told a regular news briefing on Thursday. The spokesman was asked if a Chinese trade delegation would visit the United States or if a U.S. team would visit China. U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping this month agreed to... Continue Reading →

U.S., China agree trade war ceasefire after Trump, Xi summit

China and the United States agreed to a ceasefire in their bitter trade war on Saturday after high-stakes talks in Argentina between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, including no escalated tariffs on Jan. 1. Trump will leave tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports at 10 percent at the beginning... Continue Reading →

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