The one-time Asian super-powerhouse is continuing to lose steam. Some analysts even say the Chinese economy has reached a point of no return. Such talk makes investors nervous, and the real economy is also feeling the pinch.
Japan has said it started the year with a trade deficit as imports of fossil fuel overwhelmed the revenue from outbound shipments from the Asian nation. The negative figure came after a long period of surpluses.
The US Commerce Department has said in a report to President Trump that imposing high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from China and other nations could help fight a global glut. China called the report "baseless."
Trade tensions between the world's two largest economies continue to simmer as Beijing has taken aim at imports of a key chemical from the United States. It's the latest move in a growing stand-off over tariffs.
Trade between Russia and Germany has increased by about a quarter in the past 12 months. The surge came despite sanctions which the European Union imposed against Moscow for its alleged role in the Ukraine conflict.
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