China's imports rose more than exports in the month of August. While the country continues to post a huge trade surplus, there are signs the balance could be shifting slightly.
German exports recorded a surprise fall in October for the second straight month while imports grew, narrowing the massive trade surplus of Europe’s biggest economy. But the decline is unlikely to silence critics.
The US has ruled that tool chests imported from China have been subsidized and is slapping anti-subsidy duties on them. Trump’s tough stance on the Chinese appears to be kicking in, despite warmer words for Beijing.
The EU and Mexico have had a free trade agreement for 17 years, but have been negotiating a new one for the past 18 months. Following the most recent round of talks, hopes are high that a deal can be concluded next week.
At a time when the United States is calling for more restrictions on fuel exports to North Korea, Russia may be attempting to avoid the total collapse of the regime in Pyongyang. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
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