Iowa's farmers are on the front line of Donald Trump's 16-month trade conflict with China. The farmers are optimistic now about a resolution – not before time.
The US president has described the first part of a bilateral trade agreement as an "amazing deal." But Chinese officials were cautious, saying they hope "both sides will abide by the agreement."
The World Trade Organization is facing a major crisis as its appellate body loses its ability to rule on new dispute cases. The US has been blocking the appointment of new judges to protest the way the WTO does business.
The US president should be blamed for many of the problems plaguing the global economy, but the current crisis is not one of them. He is simply treading the path of his illustrious predecessor, says DW's Ashutosh Pandey.
Brussels might soon be able to bypass the US-crippled WTO to impose punitive tariffs on trade partners. The EU cannot afford to be "defenseless", said the bloc's trade commissioner Phil Hogan.
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