China and Japan are mending fences in the face of US tariffs. The two Asian giants put cordial relations on hold eight years ago due to squabbles over the Senkaku Islands. Now Donald Trump is helping to bring them back together.
Volkswagen has warned the US against imposing "one-sided protectionism" after a threat of taxes on imported cars. Washington is to probe whether the dominance of foreign carmakers is a threat to US national security.
German Chancellor Merkel and Chinese President Xi may strive to champion global free commerce and present a united front against US President Trump's protectionism. But all is not well between the two trade partners.
Despite the diplomatic advances of recent weeks, there's little trust in Japan for the North Korean regime. Pyongyang is critical of Tokyo's firm stance on "maximum pressure" and is desperate for sanctions to be relaxed.
In the first trilateral talks since 2015, the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea sent a powerful message of unity in the push to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. Trade deals were also on the table.
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