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April 21, 2017 4:37 PM For US and China, a new beginning on a rocky road

President Xi Jinping of China came to the United States bearing no gifts. No grand bargains were reached in his meeting with President Donald J. Trump, but there were no visible signs of acrimony. Few concrete achievements were expected after the White House sought to lower expectations in pre-summit briefings, emphasizing that the first meeting between 4

April 21, 2017 4:30 AM French business frets ahead of an unpredictable election

Volatile campaigns, extreme candidates and undecided voters are all stoking fears For Geraldine Emerson, the stakes couldn’t be higher as her French compatriots take to the voting booths on Sunday. “As we’ve seen with Brexit and the election in the United States, everything is possible,” said Emerson, scion of a Loire Valley wine-making family in France 9

April 19, 2017 9:31 PM Two die in Venezuela's 'mother of all marches': Brave protester faces down armoured police vehicle as thousands demand leftist president ends his 'dictatorial' power grab

A teenager and a 23-year-old woman have died in the 'mother of all marches' in Venezuela. Hundreds of thousands are marching through the streets of Caracas, as the country's opposition accuses President Nicolas Maduro of resorting to dictatorial measures to quash popular outrage over a deepening economic crisis. The teenager, Carlos Moreno was shot in the head as he walked 5

April 18, 2017 5:35 PM Philippine economy to remain fastest growing in region – IMF

WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects the Philippines to book the fastest economic growth in the region over the next two years amid the projected stronger global economic recovery. IMF resident representative Shanaka Jayanath Peiris said in an email that the multilateral fund expects the Philippines to book a gross domestic product 7

April 18, 2017 11:58 AM China defends North Korea trade after its trucks haul missiles

In this photo, taken Saturday, April 15, 2017, and distributed by the North Korean government, Polaris submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBM) are paraded to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country’s late founder, in Pyongyang, North Korea. China is defending its trade practices with North Korea after Chinese-made vehicles 6

April 18, 2017 6:16 AM Pence visits Japan, turning focus to trade with key ally

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right) and US Vice President Mike Pence shake hands prior to a luncheon hosted by Abe at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Tuesday, April 18, 2017. Pence arrived in Japan for talks Tuesday expected to focus largely on trade with America’s anchor ally in the region. (Pool photo by EUGENE HOSHIKO via AP) TOKYO 6

April 15, 2017 12:19 AM Trump admin. declines to brand China a currency manipulator

Martin Crutsinger, Ap Economics Writer Instead, the administration's first twice-yearly currency review singled out China and five other countries as needing to be monitored for their currency practices. The countries — China, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan and Switzerland — were the same six named in the last currency report issued by the Obama 8

April 13, 2017 12:31 AM Trump says China won’t be labeled a currency manipulator

Backing away from a campaign pledge, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that his administration won’t label China a currency manipulator in a report due this week, though he does think the U.S. dollar “is getting too strong.” Trump also said in an interview at the White House with The Wall Street Journal that he would prefer that the Federal Reserve 5

April 12, 2017 10:12 PM Xi, Trump discuss rising tensions with North Korea

BEIJING — China’s leader, Xi Jinping, and President Trump spoke by phone Wednesday about the escalating tensions with North Korea as a prominent Chinese state-run newspaper warned the North that it faced a cutoff of vital oil supplies if it dared test a nuclear weapon. The phone call, reported by China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, came hours after Trump 16

April 10, 2017 9:01 AM Duterte softens tone on U.S. before South China Sea talks

The Philippines appears to be softening its tone toward the U.S. before holding talks with Beijing on the South China Sea. President Rodrigo Duterte let the insults fly last year, telling former leader Barack Obama to “go to hell” for opposing his drugs war and announcing a “separation from the U.S.” during a trip to Beijing. He also sought to buy more military 7