Trade agreements

Fed seems inclined to keep rates low as virus poses risks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials were mostly optimistic about the U.S. and global economies last month, thoug...
19:38 19 February 2022

EU official rejects Johnson’s idea of loose UK trade deal

BRUSSELS — The European Union will only offer Britain unique access to its vast single market if the U.K. agrees to stick to the bloc's standards, Eur...
11:40 11 February 2022

UK and EU clash over trade with 11 months to make a deal

LONDON — Britain and the European Union set out clashing opening gambits Monday on striking a trade deal, making it clear that each side is willing to...
15:46 3 February 2022

Britain to seek Canada-style free trade deal with EU

LONDON — Two days after Brexit, British officials pushed the European Union on Sunday for a Canada-style free trade arrangement as British Prime Minis...
13:51 2 February 2022

Trump celebrates major rewrite of North American trade rules

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a major rewrite of the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico, celebrating the fulfill...
20:27 29 January 2022

What Trump’s new North American trade deal actually does

WASHINGTON — When President Donald Trump signed a revamped trade agreement with Mexico and Canada into law Wednesday, he kept a campaign pledge to imp...
18:13 29 January 2022

Trump thanks farmers for backing him through China trade war

AUSTIN, Texas — President Donald Trump thanked farmers Sunday for supporting him through a trade war with China as he promoted a new North American tr...
1:17 20 January 2022

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s compulsive claims of ‘biggest’ ever

WASHINGTON — Size matters to President Donald Trump. So much that he exaggerates continually, sometimes spectacularly, the size of what he does.
13:10 18 January 2022

Senate passes US-Canada-Mexico trade deal, a Trump priority

WASHINGTON — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a new North American trade agreement Thursday that rewrites the rules of trade with Canada and Mexico ...
16:59 16 January 2022

World shares subdued after signing of China-US trade pact

BANGKOK — Global markets were subdued Thursday after the signing of a preliminary China-U.S. trade agreement that investors hope will bring better rel...
12:44 16 January 2022

China-US trade deal a blip in seismic shifts of Asian trade

BANGKOK — The trade agreement signed by President Donald Trump and Beijing's lead trade envoy comes amid seismic shifts in supply chains and investmen...
11:54 16 January 2022

Asian shares mixed after signing of China-US trade pact

Share prices were mixed Thursday in moderate trading in Asia after the U.S. and China signed a preliminary trade agreement that investors hope will br...
4:42 16 January 2022

US-China pact signing to ease tension but leaves much undone

WASHINGTON — After 18 months of economic combat, the United States and China are set to take a step toward peace Wednesday. At least for now.
10:58 15 January 2022

World shares slip on jitters over China-US trade deal

BANGKOK — World shares were mostly lower on Wednesday as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by t...
9:40 15 January 2022

Asian shares decline on revived jitters over trade deal

BANGKOK — Shares retreated in Asia on Wednesday as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by the U.S...
7:58 15 January 2022

US drops designation of China as currency manipulator

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is dropping its designation of China as a currency manipulator in advance of the signing Wednesday of a Phase 1 ...
22:28 13 January 2022

Trump says he’ll sign first-step China trade deal on Jan. 15

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The first phase of a U.S.-China trade agreement will be inked at the White House in mid-January, President Donald Trump announ...
19:03 31 December 2022

China announces tariff cuts, more competition in markets

BEIJING — China said Monday it will reduce tariffs Jan. 1 on more than 850 foreign products including frozen pork, asthma medications and some high-te...
13:12 23 December 2021

Pelosi: Power of gavel means Trump is ‘impeached forever’

WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi promised as speaker she would "show the power of the gavel.”
11:31 20 December 2021

After impeachment, House bestows big trade victory on Trump

WASHINGTON — One day after its historic impeachment votes, the Democratic-led House gave President Donald Trump an overwhelming bipartisan victory Thu...
23:54 19 December 2021

Mexico reaffirms rejection of US labor inspectors

MEXICO CITY — Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Monday he does not feel tricked by the insertion of a provision for labor inspectors in le...
16:33 16 December 2021

Stocks mostly rise on Chinese report, US-China trade deal

BEIJING — Global stock markets mostly rose Monday on a positive economic report from China, last week's long-awaited U.S.-Chinese trade deal, and grea...
13:43 16 December 2021

Mexico objects over US bill on ratifying trade pact

MEXICO CITY — Just days after a landmark agreement on a trade pact to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexico objected Saturday to leg...
0:44 15 December 2021

Trump against the world: A snapshot of his trade disputes

WASHINGTON — There are lots of ways, it seems, to land on one of President Donald Trump’s tariff hit lists.
21:30 3 December 2021

Global stocks turn higher as China says tariff war may ease

BANGKOK — Global stocks are mostly higher after a Chinese Commerce Ministry official said Beijing and Washington had agreed to gradually ease tariffs ...
9:38 7 November 2021

UK’s Brexit deal estimated to cost almost $100 billion

LONDON — A respected British think tank slammed Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Brexit deal on Wednesday, concluding that the economy would be 3.5% sma...
12:36 30 October 2021

World shares mostly lower as investors eye Fed, trade news

BANGKOK — Global shares mostly retreated Wednesday as investors eye a possible interest rate cut in the U.S. while hoping for a breakthrough on the U....
12:07 30 October 2021