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Mnuchin: China Talks "So far, so good"

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said talks with China went well on Wednesday, as the world's two largest economies try to iron out an agreement to resolve their trade dispute."So far, so good," he said when asked by reporters on how the meetings in Beijing went. He did not say who he met.Mnuchin said earlier he hoped for "productive" trade meetings as the two countries seek to end a festering dispute that has seen both sides level tariffs at one other.U.S. tariffs on $200…

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Trump: U.S. Will be Able to do Trade Deal with China

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he thinks the United States will be able to strike a deal with China, as Chinese Vice Premier Liu He visits Washington for trade talks in a bid to ease tensions between the two economies.Reporting by Steve Holland

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First U.S. Crude Cargoes Head to China Since Trade Breakthrough

Three cargoes of U.S. crude are heading to China from the U.S. Gulf Coast, trade sources said on Monday, the first departures since late September and a 90-day pause in the two countries' trade war that began last month.The vessels left Galveston, Texas, last month and are scheduled to arrive at Chinese ports between late January and early March, according to shipbrokers and vessel tracking data. The shipments mark a change since Chinese buyers largely began avoiding U.S. oil during the trade dispute that flared last summer."It looks like China has resumed purchasing U.S.

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U.S. Commerce Secretary: U.S., China Could Settle Immediate Trade Issues

The United States and China are likely to reach a good settlement over immediate trade issues while agreement on structural trade issues and enforcement will be harder, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said on Monday as U.S.-China trade talks resumed.Ross, in an interview on CNBC, said the talks in Beijing would help determine whether trade differences between the world's two largest economies could be resolved through negotiations."I think there's a very good chance that we will get a reasonable settlement that China can live with…

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China to Halt Additional Tariffs on U.S.-made Cars

China to suspend additional 25 pct tariffs on U.S.-made cars for three months; China's planned tariff halt follows purchase of U.S. soybeans.China will suspend additional tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts for three months starting Jan. 1, 2019, the country's finance ministry said on Friday, following a truce in a trade war between the world's two largest economies.China will suspend 25 percent tariffs on 144 U.S. vehicle and auto part items and 5 percent tariffs on 67 auto items between Jan.

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China, U.S. Discuss Road Map for Continuing Trade Talks

China and the United States discussed a road map for the next stage of their trade talks on Tuesday during a telephone call between Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed at a Dec. 1 meeting in Argentina to a truce that delayed a planned Jan. 1 U.S. increase of tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.Lighthizer said on Sunday that unless U.S.-China trade talks wrapped up successfully by March 1…

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Maersk Warns Trade War Will Impact Box Shipping

Top U.S. importers are stocking up on Chinese goods before new import tariffs take effect, shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Wednesday, but warned a trade war would hit demand for container shipping in the coming years.Maersk's data indicated that imports into the United States from China had grown 5 to 10 percent year-on-year in the third quarter as companies such as Walmart and Home Depot built up inventories to avoid new import tariffs, Chief Executive Soren Skou said."The irony is that after (U.S.

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Trudeau Discussed Steel Tariffs with Trump in Paris

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday he had discussed U.S. steel and aluminium tariffs with President Donald Trump over the weekend and that he hoped to reach a resolution on the matter by the G20 summit in Argentina."I absolutely brought up the issue of steel and aluminium tariffs," Trudeau told a news conference in Paris on Monday.Trump and Trudeau spoke to one another on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum.The leaders' summit takes place on Nov 30 and Dec 1.Reporting by John Irish

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Afghan Launches India-Iran Shipping

Afghan Ministry of Transportation will soon launch a commercial shipping line with the assistance of the Islamic Republic of Iran to conduct business activities between Chabahar Free Trade Zone and India.IRNA reported quoted the Afghan Ministry of Transportation as saying that the shipping sector would soon be formed and the ships could operate commercial activities with the flag of Afghanistan in free waters.The other local media hailed the move saying that Afghan will soon establish a department of shipping and ships will plough the ocean flying the Afghan flag.

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DP World's Dubai Shipping Box Volumes Slide in Q3

DP World's shipping container volumes in Dubai fell 6.7 percent in the third quarter, with the port operator warning on Tuesday that the near-term outlook for Dubai's major Jebel Ali Port remained challenging.DP World operates Dubai's Jebel Ali, a major transhipment port and the largest port in the United Arab Emirates, and the Mina Rashid port.Dubai government-controlled DP World, one of the world's largest port operators, blamed the fall in cargo volumes on the challenging macro…

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US Energy Exports to China Plummet

It's probably not the kind of success U.S. President Donald Trump had in mind, but his trade dispute with China has effectively killed off the burgeoning energy trade between the world's two biggest economies.China's imports of U.S. crude oil, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal have slowed to a trickle amid the escalating tit-for-tat tariff war.Perhaps the irony of the collapse in China's energy imports from the United States was that this was the area most likely to deliver…

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US Tariffs Loom at China's Biggest Trade Fair

Amid gathering gloom over the state of the Chinese economy, exporters of motorcycles, tractors, photocopiers and Christmas tree lighting will join thousands of other companies peddling their wares at China's largest trade fair Monday.Many of those exporters will have something in common - uncertainty over future U.S. orders as a trade war with the United States rages. The turmoil has added to concerns over the health of the Chinese economy, already under pressure from a cooling property market…

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Hurricane Michael Races Northeast, Leaving Devastation in Florida

Hurricane Michael, the third most powerful storm ever to strike the U.S. mainland, headed northeast on Thursday, weakened but still set to soak Georgia and the Carolinas after devastating the Florida Panhandle.By 6 AM on Thursday, heavy rain and wind had reached as far north as Charlotte, North Carolina and the Western North Carolina mountains. The center of the storm was located over Augusta, Georgia, moving north rapidly at more than 20 MPH in a north / northeast heading. Charlotte…

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WTO Cuts World Merchandise Trade Forecasts

World trade growth is likely to be slower than previously thought in 2018 and 2019, although the direct economic effects of a trade war that has blown up this year have been modest so far, the World Trade Organization said on Thursday.The WTO forecast world trade in goods would grow by 3.9 percent this year, less than the 4.4 percent it forecast in April. Next year trade growth of 3.7 percent is expected, a cut from the WTO's previous forecast of 4.0 percent.The WTO said in a statement that some of the downside risks it had warned of in April had now materialised.

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China LNG Tariff Casts Shadow Over New US Export Terminals

China set a 10 percent tariff on U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports, extending a trade dispute into energy and casting a shadow over U.S. export terminals that would propel the United States into the world's second-largest LNG seller.Beijing on Tuesday said it would tax U.S. products worth $60 billion effective Sept. 24 in retaliation for tariffs imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump in an escalating trade war.The rate was smaller than the 25 percent tariff China had touted earlier, which offered some relief and helped shares in listed U.S.

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China's Steel, Iron Ore Flat Amid Trade Tensions

China's steel and iron ore prices were little changed on Tuesday as market participants turned cautious amid escalating trade tension between Washington and Beijing.On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to impose 10 percent tariffs on about $200 billion worth of Chinese imports which would be effective on Sept.24.Trump also warned of more duties on additional $267 billion of Chinese imports if Beijing takes retaliatory action."Direct impact of the trade spat on ferrous market is minor as China doesn't sell much steel products to the United States.

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US Aims to Start LNG Deliveries to Germany in Four Years

U.S. companies expect to begin delivering liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Germany in four years at the latest and will challenge Russia which now accounts for 60 percent of German gas imports, the deputy U.S. energy secretary told a German newspaper."U.S. liquefied natural gas is coming to Germany. The question is not if, but when," Dan Brouillette told the mass circulation daily Bild in an interview published on Monday.U.S. President Donald Trump in July accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russia due to its energy reliance and urged it to halt work on the $11 billion…

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Trump Says Trade Talks with Canada Going Well

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that trade talks with Canada were going well and that Ottawa very much wanted to make a deal.Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland returned to Washington on Tuesday for talks aimed at rescuing the North American Free Trade Agreement as time was running short before an Oct. 1 deadline.(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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German Exports Fall in July

German exports and industrial output both unexpectedly fell in July, in a fresh sign that manufacturers in Europe's largest economy are suffering from U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist trade policies.The Federal Statistics Office said on Friday seasonally adjusted exports fell by 0.9 percent on the month, while imports surged by 2.8 percent. A Reuters poll had pointed to a rise of 0.2 percent in both.The seasonally adjusted trade surplus narrowed to 15.8 billion euros…

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DP World cautions on trade, posts 2.1 pct drop in H1 net profit

DP World, one of the world's biggest port operators, posted a 2.1 percent drop in first-half net profit on Thursday, and cautioned about geopolitical risks and recent changes to trade policies.U.S.

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Japan, South Korea Steel Exports to India Surge

India is being hit by a wave of steel from producers in Japan and South Korea, a government document showed, as mills there redirect supply after U.S. President Donald Trump slapped an import duty on the alloy earlier this year.During the first quarter of the fiscal year starting in April, India's steel imports from South Korea rose 31 percent from a year earlier, while those from Japan climbed 30 percent, according to an internal document from the Ministry of Steel that was reviewed…

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Germany Maintains Large Trade Surplus with US

Germany's exports to the United States in the first half of this year were worth 24.4 billion euros ($28.3 billion) more than its imports of U.S. goods, data from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Friday.The trade surplus was 100 million euros less than last year, but still meant Germany has the largest trade surplus with the United States than any other country, something U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to reverse.Germany's trade surplus has also come under attack from the International Monetary Fund…

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China's Commodity Imports Resilient, but Trade Dispute Looms

It's tempting to look at China's imports of major commodities in July and conclude that the strength is a sign that the escalating trade dispute with the United States isn't having much of an impact.While the first of the tit-for-tat tariffs came into effect in July, it will likely take several months before any real impact is discernible, and even then, separating out the effect of trade measures from other factors will be tricky.In the meantime, the commodity trade data can still provide insight to China's economy, and it's largely painting a picture of resilience.Imports of crude oil rose s

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After Soybeans, EU Touts US LNG Imports to Woo Trump on Trade

The European Union said it was delivering on a deal with U.S. President Donald Trump to buy more U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) on Thursday but called on Washington to do more to make its prices competitive.In talks to urge Trump to drop hefty new tariffs last month, the EU's chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to work to increase imports of U.S. soybeans and LNG to the bloc.The EU has long worked to diversify away from relying on Russia for almost 40 percent of its gas needs by developing LNG infrastructure to access other suppliers like the United States.Whether U.S.

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Chinese Exports Accelerate Even as Trade War Escalates

China's exports surged more than expected in July despite U.S. duties and its closely watched surplus with the United States remained near record highs, as the world's two major economic powers ramp up a bitter dispute that some fear could derail global growth.In the latest move by President Donald Trump to put pressure on Beijing to negotiate trade concessions, Washington is set to begin collecting 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods on Aug. 23.In a statement on its official website late on Wednesday, China's commerce ministry criticised the U.S.

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Iran Naval Drills Underway Amid Tensions with U.S.

The United States believes Iran has started carrying out naval exercises in the Gulf, apparently moving up the timing of annual drills amid heightened tensions with Washington, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday.One U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said possibly more than 100 vessels were involved in the drills, including small boats. A second official expected the drill could be wrapped up this week.Iran has been furious over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an international nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.