On trade wars China is playing a careful game, but it holds more cards than Trump

Beijing knows the US presidents needs at least the appearance of a thriving economy before next year’s electionAt the beginning of September, Chinese president Xi Jinping incensed Donald Trump by imposing a flurry of new import duties on US goods, incl…

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‘Amazing deal’ or ‘capitulation’? Why the US-China trade truce may not last

Donald Trump hailed the agreement, but others think it masks a process of deglobalisation as the two superpowers struggle for hegemonyThe trade war between the US and China may never be settled, experts fear, even after the two sides agreed on an outli…

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UK’s post-Brexit trade at risk as WTO’s top court shuts down

Shutdown of court will leave UK at mercy of EU in its trading relationship after transition periodLatest election news – live updatesThe UK is at risk of being left at the mercy of the EU in its trading relationship in a year’s time after Donald Trump …

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US economy smashes forecasts with 266,000 new jobs in November – business live

America’s non-farm payroll has surged by the most in 10 months, in a boost for the economy….and Donald TrumpLatest: US non-farm payroll beats forecastsJob creation up, unemployment rate downEarlier: UK house prices up 1% in NovemberIntroduction: Germ…

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US threatens tariffs on French cheese, handbags and lipstick

Trump targets $2.4bn in French imports amid plans to restore tariffs on Brazil and ArgentinaThe Trump administration is proposing tariffs on up to $2.4bn-worth of French imports, including Roquefort cheese, lipstick, handbags and sparkling wine, in ret…

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Wall Street and FTSE 100 sink as Trump intensifies trade war fears – business live

Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, as US proposes steep new tariffs on French cheese, wine, handbags and porcelainLatest: Trump says China deal could wait until after 2020 electionTrump says France shouldn’t tax US companiesTru…

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How has Brexit vote affected UK economy? November verdict

Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has had on growth, prosperity and tradeAre economic doldrums likely to continue? Experts debate the dataBrexit uncertainty makes impact on October pay growth Continue reading…

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