Chinese exports in March expanded for the first time in nine months. The news gave stock markets across Asia a boost in Wednesday trading, as hopes grew that China's economy could be stabilizing. But analysts urged caution.
China's export growth unexpectedly fell last month, the first drop since February 2017. That's unlikely to ease trade tensions as the country's widening surplus with the US is likely to further infuriate Donald Trump.
The Trump administration has ordered government agencies to expedite and expand arms sales abroad, including exports of advanced drones to reinforce allied armies and to compete with China.
In the trade war with the US, Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised to open markets further. President Donald Trump seems willing to show some leeway, says DW’s Frank Sieren.
In recent months, China's Communist Party has been setting up an international soft power network, while consolidating domestic media to shore up its image at home. William Yang reports from Taipei.
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