Global trade policy is like a strategic game: a combative US President Donald Trump imposes trade tariffs. China's President Xi Jinping immediately hits back, while the European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström tries the diplomatic approach.
The ten-member ASEAN and its partners are meeting this week amid worries the US-China trade row will negatively impact the region. The summit is expected to see progress made on a China-backed regional trade pact.
Through a series of major investment funds and development aid projects, Australia and China are trying to outbid each other to create networks of power and influence in poorer Pacific nations.
Washington has banned exports to the Chinese state-controlled chipmaker accusing Fujian of stealing intellectual property. The move comes amid reports that the US plans to slap tariffs on all of China's imports.
At the ASEAN Summit in Singapore, Beijing tried to strengthen ties with Southeast Asian states. DW’s Frank Sieren says that could have far-reaching consequences for Europe’s role in global politics.
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