Sunday, September 24, 2017

International trade

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto listens as President Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering triggering a withdrawal from a free trade agreement with South Korea, a business lobbying group said Saturday, raising concerns about a move that could cause a fresh economic rift between allies at ...
Tan Hua Chiow, a retired Singapore naval officer shows a naval chart and explains to The Associated Press the flow of traffic at sea around the Strait of Singapore on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Singapore.

BY ANNABELLE LIANG and WONG MAYE-E SINGAPORE (AP) — The shipping lanes around Singapore, among the world’s busiest, carry a host of challenges to safe navigation, including a narrow strait, frequently limited visibility and thousands of vessels sailing through daily. ...
In this Oct. 24, 2016, photo, a crane hangs over a container ship at the Port of Baltimore in Baltimore. On Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, the Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for June.

BY PAUL WISEMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in June as exports hit the highest level in 2 ½ years. The Commerce Department said Friday that the trade gap slid 5.9 percent in June to $43.6 billion. ...
European Council President Donald Tusk, left, welcomes Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe prior to a meeting at the Europa building in Brussels on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of the European Union and Japan are lauding their agreement in principle on free trade between the economic juggernauts as the best antidote against the protectionism seen to be promoted by the United States. The ...
European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan, left, and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom, second left, pose with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, second right, and Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yuji Yamamoto before their working dinner as a part of the Japan-EU Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations at Iikura guest house in Tokyo Friday, June 30, 2017. Japan and the European Union were rushing Friday to finalize an agreement on easing barriers between their huge economies, hoping to have the gist of a deal before the Group of 20 industrial nations meets next week in Germany.

BY ELAINE KURTENBACH TOKYO (AP) — Japan and the European Union were rushing Friday to finalize an agreement on easing barriers between their huge economies, hoping to have the gist of a deal before the Group of 20 industrial nations ...
This Feb. 2, 2005, file photo shows Bangladeshi workers at a textile factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

PARIS (AP) — The world economy is picking up speed but faces big political uncertainties and needs to be reformed to make growth work for a broader swath of people, a global policy watchdog said Wednesday. The Organization for Economic ...
Vietnamese Trade Minister Tran Tuan Anh speaks during a press conference after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministerial meeting in Hanoi, Sunday, May 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Pacific Rim trade ministers meeting in Vietnam committed Sunday to move ahead with the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact after the United States pulled out. New Zealand Trade Minister Todd McClay said the remaining 11 TPP ...
In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017, photo, Blake Hurst, a corn and soybean farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, right, talks with his son Dallas Hurst, left, and his brother Brooks Hurst, center, on his farm in Westboro, Mo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

BY PAUL WISEMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — A sizable majority of rural Americans backed Donald Trump’s presidential bid, drawn to his calls to slash environmental rules, strengthen law enforcement and replace the federal health care law. But many farmers are nervous ...
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during the 2017 World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

BY MARTIN CRUTSINGER and PAUL WISEMAN WASHINGTON (AP) — World finance leaders on Thursday defended globalization against an assault from President Donald Trump and European populists. They argued that blocking free trade would hobble economic growth instead of saving jobs ...
German Federal Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, left, and US Finance Minister, Steven Mnuchin interact during a joint press conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (Soeren Stache/dpa via AP)

BY DAVID McHUGH BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin headed into a tussle over free trade Friday at a summit that will help set the tone for the global economy. The Group of 20 gathering will be ...
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