On the same day, he targeted China for unfair trade practices, US President Donald Trump exempted the EU from tariffs on steel and aluminum — for now.
China and the US appear to have different views on the details of a still-unagreed trade deal. The tit-for-tat tariffs are hurting both countries and economist Jeffrey Schott told DW both sides hope for a ceasefire.
A market worth over $500 million to US poultry farmers had been closed for five years following an avian flu outbreak. But now China has lifted the ban in order to fill a pork-shaped gap left by swine fever.
A French presidential adviser said it's time for China to prove its openness to trade with "progress on the EU-China deals." European businesses have long complained of restricted access to China's market.
China's economic slowdown and trade tensions between the world's top two economies have dampened German businesses' spirits. Many German firms operating in China report a "gloomy" business outlook.
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