Regional trade

August 24, 2019 - 7:35 am
BERLIN (AP) — Switzerland says the European Free Trade Association, a group of four countries outside the European Union, has largely concluded a free-trade agreement with the Mercosur bloc including Brazil. The Swiss economy ministry said Saturday that the agreement "in substance" was reached in...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is presented with flowers as he boards his plane to depart for Australia from Don Mueang International Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool Photo via AP)
August 03, 2019 - 5:28 am
BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Thailand on Saturday with his hopes for resuming nuclear talks with North Korea dashed, while facing an escalating trade war with China and a potentially devastating breakdown in relations between key American allies Japan and South Korea...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with Vietnam's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Binh Minh as ASEAN Secretary-General Dato Lim Jock Hoi, right, looks on, ahead of the ministerial meeting between Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' and the U.S. in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Aug 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
August 01, 2019 - 1:31 am
BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Washington isn't asking any Asian nation to take sides as it engages with the region where China is battling for influence and aggressively expanding territorial claims in the South China Sea. Pompeo hailed an Indo-Pacific...
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Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from left, Laos' Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith, Malaysia's Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah, Myanmar's Minister of State for Foreign Affaires Kyaw Tin, Philippines' Foreign Affaires Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and Thailand's Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai prepare to pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
July 30, 2019 - 11:51 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian foreign ministers opened their annual meeting Wednesday with a call from host Thailand for deeper integration to expand trade and bolster prosperity in the region amid rising global challenges. The meeting takes place in the shadows of rising security tension on the...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2019, file photo, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from “no way’’ to “maybe’’ on President Donald Trump’s rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico. House Democrats have met four times with Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, July 26, and both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would clear the way for Congress to approve Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
July 29, 2019 - 9:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from "no way" to "maybe" on President Donald Trump's rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico. House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday, and both sides say they...
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July 29, 2019 - 9:13 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea. The meetings in Bangkok are hosted by the 10-member...
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Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) from left, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith pose for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN leaders summit in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
June 22, 2019 - 9:38 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders have pressed their call for self-restraint in the disputed South China Sea after a new incident and renewed their alarm over the U.S.-China trade war with one warning it may spiral out of control. The long-raging territorial conflicts and the protracted...
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June 21, 2019 - 7:47 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Southeast Asian leaders will commit to conclude a long-delayed regional trade pact this year despite lingering odds to fend off risks from a protracted U.S.-China trade war when they gather for a weekend summit in Thailand. The Chinese sinking of a Philippine boat, which endangered...
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President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
June 20, 2019 - 9:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the White House as the two leaders work to get a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement over the finish line. At Trump's insistence, the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreed to an update of the 25...
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President Donald Trump, with first lady Melania Trump, waves as they depart Shannon Airport, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Shannon, Ireland. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
June 07, 2019 - 3:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump threatening to slap tariffs on goods from Mexico, his transformation of Republican Party trade policy is nearly complete. Republican lawmakers usually don't like tariffs. They're viewed as a tax on consumers and unwanted government intervention in free...
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