China appears to have become a champion of free trade, praising itself for an 'open-door' trade and investment policy. But how welcome are foreign companies really?
Washington has said it needs to see progress in trade talks with China before March 1 or tariffs will go up. Separately, Beijing has said the US should withdraw its arrest warrant for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
China's premier has hailed progress on an agreement that would "ensure peace and stability" in the strategic sea. Beijing has continued to fill a void as US influence in the region wanes under Donald Trump.
President Trump and Chinese leader Xi agreed to a 90-day stop to new tariffs in a step to slow an ongoing trade war. The meeting came on the heels of a G20 summit that called for revamping world trade rules.
China says it is prepared to offer help to Pakistan as the country battles spiraling economic problems. There are fears Islamabad won't be able to repay Chinese loans linked to Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative.
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