Free trade

Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of United Nations addresses the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 24, 2019 - 1:55 pm
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 7:55 p.m. The head of the World Trade Organization has applauded signs of progress between the United States and China in their trade standoff. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo pointed to...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel exits the stag after addressing the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 23, 2019 - 6:51 pm
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — World leaders in favor of international cooperation and free trade struck back Wednesday against the wave of populist nationalism that has featured more prominently than usual at the gathering of elites in Davos, Switzerland. As a dizzying array of heads of state - from...
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Singer and co-founder of RED Bono, 2nd right, gestures to Afsaneh Mashayekhi Beschloss, founder of RockCreek, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of IMF and Rwanda President Paul Kagame, from left, as he arrives for the "Closing the Financing Gap" session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 23, 2019 - 5:40 pm
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 11:35 p.m. France's economy minister says he expects the future chief of Renault to consolidate the French automaker's alliance with Japanese partner Nissan. Bruno Le Maire was alluding to the...
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and Minister of Economy, Trade, Industry Toshimitsu Motegi, right, share a light moment during an opening session of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) in Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Trade ministers of a Pacific Rim trade bloc are meeting in Tokyo, gearing up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
January 19, 2019 - 3:57 am
TOKYO (AP) — Representatives from a Pacific Rim trade bloc geared up to roll out and expand the market-opening initiative as they met Saturday in Tokyo, reaffirming their commitment to open and free trade and inviting new membership. The Pacific Rim free trade agreement, rejected by President...
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European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. The European Union is insisting to keep agriculture out of the EU-US trade negotiations despite the wishes from Washington to include the vast sector. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
January 18, 2019 - 7:28 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union insisted Friday that agriculture be kept out of the EU-U.S. trade negotiations, despite Washington's wishes to include the vast sector, and said any overall deal will be limited in scope. The EU Commission announced its proposals for a negotiating mandate from the...
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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, left, and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrive for the China-Germany High Level Financial Dialogue at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)
January 18, 2019 - 5:29 am
BEIJING (AP) — China and Germany promised Friday to open their markets wider to each other's banks and insurers, giving Beijing a burst of positive trade news amid conflicts with Washington and Europe. The two sides also affirmed support for a global trading system that other governments worry is...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the American Farm Bureau Federation's 100th Annual Convention, Monday Jan. 14, 2019, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 14, 2019 - 6:27 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Donald Trump urged farmers Monday to stick with him even as many grapple with the impact of his trade war with China and the partial government shutdown. "No one understands better than our great farmers that the tough choices we make today reap rewards for centuries to...
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The Capitol is seen on a rainy morning in Washington, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, during a partial government shutdown. President Donald Trump is threatening to close the U.S. border with Mexico if Democrats in Congress don't agree to fund the construction of a border wall. Trump tweeted Friday morning that "We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely," unless a funding deal is reached with "the Obstructionist Democrats." Trump's demand for money to build the border wall and Democrats' refusal to give him what he wants has caused a partial government shutdown that is nearly a week old. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 28, 2018 - 8:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The partial government shutdown will almost certainly be handed off to a divided government to solve in the new year, as President Donald Trump sought to raise the stakes Friday and both parties traded blame in the weeklong impasse. Agreement eludes Washington in the waning days...
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Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou arrives at a parole office with a security guard in Vancouver, British Columbia, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)
December 14, 2018 - 1:13 am
TORONTO (AP) — First U.S. President Donald Trump attacked Canada on trade. Then Saudi Arabia punished it for speaking up for human rights. Now China has the country in its cross-hairs, detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive on behalf of the...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, following a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 11, 2018 - 4:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local): 4:35 p.m. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump thinks Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new trade deal. Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump...
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