China Sets Economic Growth Target of ‘Over 6 Percent’ This Year

Beijing’s goal bodes well for the global economy, suggesting that China is willing to free up money to keep its engine humming.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #li-keqiang, #politics-and-government

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How Can Biden Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs? Weaken the Dollar

Critics of a strong currency say it hurts American factory workers by making imports cheap.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #currency, #customs-tariff, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #renminbi-currency, #united-states-economy, #us-dollar-currency

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Biden’s Pick for Trade Representative Promises Break With Past Policy

Katherine Tai, the nominee to be America’s chief trade negotiator, declined to give policy specifics on tariffs and trade agreements, but laid out a broad vision of a more equitable trade policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tai-katherine, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-mexico-canada-agreement, #world-trade-organization

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Biden’s Pick for Trade Representative Promises Break With Past Policy

Katherine Tai, the nominee to be America’s chief trade negotiator, declined to give policy specifics on tariffs and trade agreements, but laid out a broad vision of a more equitable trade policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #tai-katherine, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-mexico-canada-agreement, #world-trade-organization

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Biden Looks to a Consensus Builder to Heal a Democratic Rift on Trade

Katherine Tai, the Biden administration’s nominee for trade representative, will set the course for the Democrats’ worker-focused approach to trade.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #international-trade-and-world-market, #office-of-the-united-states-trade-representative, #tai-katherine-1974, #trans-pacific-partnership, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-mexico-canada-agreement

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Biden Readies Executive Order to Bolster Critical Supply Chains

The order is intended to start an effort to insulate the American economy from future shortages of critical imported components.

#5g-wireless-communications, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #schumer-charles-e, #shortages, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes

After a decade of war, the biggest threat now to President Bashar al-Assad is an economic crisis. But at a recent meeting, he had no concrete solutions to his country’s extreme distress.

#assad-bashar-al, #bread, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #damascus-syria, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #hair, #international-trade-and-world-market, #israel, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

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Future Vaccines Depend on Test Subjects in Short Supply: Monkeys

The pandemic has highlighted the United States’ dependence on China for research animals, reviving calls for a “strategic monkey reserve.”

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #monkeys-and-apes, #national-institutes-of-health, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Russia Is Offering to Export Hundreds of Millions of Vaccine Doses, but Can It Deliver?

The Kremlin has scored propaganda points and bolstered several longstanding foreign policy goals by offering its Sputnik V vaccine around the world. But it has limited production capacity.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sputnik-v, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Could Brexit Destroy British Fashion?

Already pushed to the breaking point by the pandemic, designers, manufacturers and retailers claim the newly-negotiated Brexit deal is a disaster.

#british-fashion-council, #burberry, #cameron-david, #cameron-samantha-1971, #christian-dior-sa, #europe, #european-union, #fedex-corporation, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #ilincic-roksanda, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #london-fashion-week, #politics-and-government, #shopping-and-retail, #textiles, #value-added-tax, #your-feed-fashion

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Mexico Cries Foul at Natural Gas Cutoff Ordered by Texas Governor

Amid his own push for Mexican energy sovereignty, President López Obrador said he was trying to stop a measure by Texas to restrict gas exports as both sides of the border suffered mass outages.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #energy-and-power, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

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Biden on ‘Short Leash’ as Administration Rethinks China Relations

The Biden administration is under intense pressure to maintain former President Donald J. Trump’s curbs on China, even as it tries to develop a more comprehensive and effective strategy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #customs-tariff, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #presidential-transition-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-organization, #xi-jinping

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W.T.O. Officially Selects Okonjo-Iweala as Its Director-General

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the first woman and the first African to serve in the post, said she would make global economic recovery from the pandemic a priority.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-trade-and-world-market, #okonjo-iweala-ngozi, #world-trade-organization

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Along the Southwest Border, Trump’s Wall Is Only One of the Insults He Left Behind

Here’s what Biden should do about the poverty, discrimination and environmental destruction.

#agriculture-and-farming, #border-barriers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deserts, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #land-use-policies, #migrants-environmental, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #stimulus-economic, #water

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Japan’s Economy Surges, but Covid-19 Looms

The world’s third largest economy capped off a terrible year with a sharp rise in activity. Still, analysts say trouble lies ahead.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #gross-domestic-product, #international-trade-and-world-market, #japan

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W.T.O. Set to Gain New Chief, but Deep Issues Remain

The appointment of the Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to lead the World Trade Organization removes one obstacle, but the group’s future remains uncertain.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-trade-and-world-market, #katherine-tai, #lighthizer-robert-e, #mark-wu, #ngozi-okonjo-iweala, #office-of-the-united-states-trade-representative, #world-trade-organization

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Brexit Was Sold as Taking Back U.K. Control. Post-Brexit Is Out of Control.

With Britain out of the European Union, companies that trade with the continent are contending with expensive disruptions to their businesses and a plunge in exports.

#europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris

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Bidenomics 101: Inside the White House’s Plans to Bring Jobs Back

In public and private, Biden and his advisers have signaled some dramatic interventions to revive U.S. manufacturing. Will they really happen?

#deese-brian-c-1978, #income-inequality, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #tanden-neera, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth, #yellen-janet-l

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Biden Speaks With China’s Xi for First Time as President

The two leaders developed a friendly relationship during the Obama years, but now face a wide range of contentious issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #defense-department, #international-trade-and-world-market, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Biden Appointments Signal a Trade Approach That Hews to the Left

Many appointees who will fill the ranks of the Office of the United States Trade Representative have close ties to congressional Democrats and a focus on worker rights and enforcing trade deals.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #customs-tariff, #international-trade-and-world-market, #office-of-the-united-states-trade-representative, #presidential-transition-us, #setser-brad-w, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-mexico-canada-agreement

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Invasive Insects and Diseases Are Killing Our Forests

America wasn’t ready for the pandemic. And it isn’t ready for the next contagion to strike our woodlands.

#agriculture-department, #epidemics, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #insects, #international-trade-and-world-market, #invasive-species, #trees-and-shrubs, #united-states

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This Climate Deal Is Good for Earth and the Economy

More than 100 nations have approved an accord phasing down a planet-warming coolant. The U.S. isn’t among them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydrofluorocarbons, #international-trade-and-world-market, #obama-barack, #treaties, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Set to Become W.T.O.’s First Female Leader

Her path was cleared after Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean trade minister, announced she was withdrawing from consideration to head the World Trade Organization.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #international-trade-and-world-market, #okonjo-iweala-ngozi, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-trade-organization, #yoo-myung-hee

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U.K.’s Boris Johnson Wins Vaccine Spat with E.U.

Buoyed by Britain’s vaccination procurement and rollout success, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is threatening to reverse a deal signed with the bloc over the territory’s trading arrangements.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #northern-ireland, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Power, Patriotism and 1.4 Billion People:How China Beat the Virus and Roared Back

The Chinese Communist Party reached deep into private business and the broader population to drive a recovery, an authoritarian approach that has emboldened its top leader, Xi Jinping.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #xi-jinping

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Biden Reinstates Aluminum Tariffs in One of His First Trade Moves

The move suggests the Biden administration may be inclined to maintain President Trump’s hefty tariffs, a decision that will please unions and progressives but disappoint manufacturers.

#aluminum, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #commerce-department, #customs-tariff, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kushner-jared, #trump-donald-j, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states, #united-steelworkers-of-america

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Top E.U. Official Comes Under Fire in Vaccine Wars

Ursula von der Leyen has largely stayed away from the limelight while driving the handling of a crisis and letting subordinates take the blame.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dombrovskis-valdis, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #european-commission, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #kyriakides-stella, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization, #von-der-leyen-ursula

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E.U. Makes a Sudden and Embarrassing U-Turn on Vaccines

Already criticized for a slow rollout for its 27 members, Brussels retreated on export controls linked to Ireland and Brexit.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #vaccination-and-immunization

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G.M. Wants to Make Electric Cars. China Dominates the Market.

With government support and lavish subsidies, Chinese companies have come to dominate the market for batteries, motors and other essentials Detroit may need for its new fleets.

#automobiles, #batteries, #china, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #foxconn-technology, #general-motors, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lithium-metal, #politics-and-government

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Inside a Pro-Huawei Influence Campaign

A covert online push to sway telecommunications policy in favor of the Chinese company may presage a new twist in social manipulation.

#5g-wireless-communications, #computers-and-the-internet, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #international-trade-and-world-market, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation

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As Senate Weighs Biden’s Commerce Pick, Here’s What to Watch

A Senate committee will question Gina M. Raimondo, President Biden’s pick for commerce secretary, at a hearing Tuesday morning.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #census, #commerce-department, #customs-tariff, #e-commerce, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #international-trade-and-world-market, #raimondo-gina-m, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #senate-committee-on-commerce-science-and-transportation, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wechat-mobile-app, #zte-corp

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If Poor Countries Go Unvaccinated, a Study Says, Rich Ones Will Pay

A failure to distribute the Covid-19 vaccine in poor nations will worsen economic damage, with half the costs borne by wealthy countries, new research shows.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-chamber-of-commerce, #international-trade-and-world-market, #poverty, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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I Grew Up Witnessing Forced Labor. U.S. Companies Must Step Up.

Otherwise, they risk complicity in the persecution of millions of Uighurs.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #xinjiang-china

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10 Challenges Biden Faces in Righting the Economy

The pandemic has damaged the economy and cost millions of people their livelihoods. These are some of the areas that demand Joe Biden’s attention.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #credit-and-debt, #federal-taxes-us, #inaugurations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #small-business, #stimulus-economic, #transportation, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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For Britain’s Chemical Industry, Brexit’s Red Tape Is Just Beginning

Chemical companies, facing costly new regulations and extra tariffs, are looking to the continent.

#basf-se, #chemicals, #customs-tariff, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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For One British Industry, Brexit’s Red Tape Is Just Beginning

Chemical companies, facing costly new regulations and extra tariffs, are looking to the continent.

#basf-se, #chemicals, #customs-tariff, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry

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Most Major Economies Are Shrinking. Not China’s.

The Chinese economy grew 2.3 percent last year, the country’s National Bureau of Statistics announced on Monday in Beijing.

#building-construction, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government

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U.S. Bans All Cotton and Tomatoes From Xinjiang Region of China

The sweeping ban, which was based on concerns about forced labor in the region, could compel companies to reorganize their multinational supply chains.

#customs-and-border-protection-us, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

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Cuba, Though Angered by Terror Designation, Is Looking Past Trump

The U.S. decision was made in “the death throes of a failed and corrupt administration,” Cuba’s president said. For Cubans, the change in administrations in Washington can’t come soon enough.

#cuba, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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China Issues New Rules Aimed at Trump’s Sanctions

An order issued on Saturday empowers Beijing to tell companies to ignore U.S. restrictions and allows them sue other businesses if they comply.

#china, #commerce-ministry-of-china, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #international-trade-and-world-market, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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A Week Into Full Brexit, the Pain for U.K. Businesses Has Arrived

As Britain adjusts to life outside of the European Union, businesses are contending with delays, service cancellations and piles of paperwork.

#bailey-andrew-1959, #bank-of-england, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-tariff, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #northern-ireland

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Chinese Solar Companies Tied to Use of Forced Labor

A new report shows some of the world’s biggest solar companies work with the Chinese government to absorb workers from Xinjiang, programs that are often seen as a red flag for forced labor.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #forced-labor, #horizon-advisory-group-llc, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #minorities, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #solar-energy-industries-assn, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #xinjiang-china

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Biden Picks Rhode Island Governor for Commerce Secretary

The incoming administration will select Gina M. Raimondo, a moderate Democrat, to guide a sprawling department critical to business and technology.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #commerce-department, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #raimondo-gina-m, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Will the Sudden E.U.-China Deal Damage Relations With Biden?

Pushed by German Chancellor Merkel of Germany near the end of her tenure, the trade deal may complicate agreement on an effective trans-Atlantic policy toward China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-union, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #merkel-angela, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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Here Are The 8 Chinese Apps Trump Banned

The White House took a surprise parting shot at China on Tuesday by banning the popular Chinese payment service and other applications.

#alipay, #ant-financial-services-group, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #instant-messaging, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #social-media, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wechat-mobile-app

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Gulf States Agree to Ease Relations With Qatar

The small Arab nation has been under a blockade by air, land and sea since 2017, when neighboring nations accused it of supporting terrorism and aligning too closely with Iran.

#boycotts, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #middle-east, #qatar

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Brexit Customs Checks Make a Quiet Debut at U.K. Ports

Starting the new rules on a holiday helped, with some predicting more confusion and backups in the days ahead.

#dover-england, #european-union, #eurotunnel, #france, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #transportation

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Brexit’s Silver Lining for Europe

Both sides lost in Britain’s departure, but the European Union has been galvanized. And the Biden administration will encounter European allies bent on their own “strategic autonomy.”

#europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

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U.S. Companies to Face China Tariffs as Exclusions Expire

Many American companies could see their exemptions from President Trump’s China tariffs expire at midnight on Thursday.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customs-tariff, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kind-ron, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #office-of-the-united-states-trade-representative, #politics-and-government, #small-business, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #walorski-jackie

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China and E.U. Leaders Strike Investment Deal, but Political Hurdles Await

The agreement, which would roll back restrictions on investment, faces some opposition in Europe and objections from the Biden camp.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-union, #foreign-investments, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market

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