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BEIJING | How China could hurt US once it ran out of imports to tax

BEIJING  — In his trade war with China, President Donald Trump President Donald Trump wields one seeming advantage: The United States could ultimately slap tariffs on more than $500 billion in imported Chinese goods. Beijing has much less to tax: It imported just $130 billion in U.S. goods last year. Yet that hardly means China … Continue reading BEIJING | How China could hurt US once it ran out of imports to tax

WASHINGTON | Trump flips on trade pact, weighs rejoining Pacific-Rim deal

WASHINGTON| April 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) In a striking reversal, President Donald Trump has asked trade officials to explore the possibility of the United States rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, a free trade deal he pulled out of during his first days in office as part of his “America first” agenda. Trump’s request comes as he … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump flips on trade pact, weighs rejoining Pacific-Rim deal

WASHINGTON | Trump scales back US goals in Syria, leaves future to others

WASHINGTON |April 4, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) President Donald Trump is dramatically scaling back U.S. goals in Syria as he pushes for a quick military withdrawal, Trump administration officials said Wednesday, abandoning plans to stay long-term to stabilize the country and prevent the Islamic State group from re-emerging. Trump has given no formal order to pull out … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump scales back US goals in Syria, leaves future to others

No term limit could allow Xi to be bold on Hong Kong, Taiwan

BEIJING /March 13, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — China’s move to scrap term limits and allow Xi Jinping to serve as president indefinitely puts him on track to deal with some of the country’s weightiest long-term sovereignty challenges, especially the fates of Hong Kong and Taiwan. The question is, will Xi bet big on bold moves that … Continue reading No term limit could allow Xi to be bold on Hong Kong, Taiwan

Asian stocks skid, tracking Wall St loss on tariff fears

HONG KONG/March 1, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  Asian shares posted steep declines Friday, adding to global stock market losses after President Donald Trump vowed to impose stiff steel and aluminum tariffs, sparking fears of a trade war. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 2.8 percent to 21,109.44 and South Korea’s Kospi slid 1.5 percent to … Continue reading Asian stocks skid, tracking Wall St loss on tariff fears

Tillerson aims to sell ‘America First’ to wary allies

WARSAW, Poland  /January 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — As President Donald Trump declared that “America First does not mean America alone” at a global economic forum in Switzerland, his top diplomat was on a European trip of his own, trying to convince skeptical allies that the oft-repeated phrase is more than just lip service. Yet a … Continue reading Tillerson aims to sell ‘America First’ to wary allies