Washington's allies are caught in the middle of the US-China trade conflict. But where once they followed the US loyally, now they are less happy to take America's side.
Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping will talk about trade when they meet during the G20 summit, in an attempt to stop ties between the world's top two economies from tilting toward sustained confrontation.
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, on a visit to China, told Huawei's CEO that all operators must fulfill security requirements. Germany has stood out against US pressure to ban the company from 5G deals.
As one of the end points for China's vast new global trade route, the former industrial city of Duisburg is well known to many Chinese businesses. Many Duisburg residents are optimistic about Beijing's growing influence.
The US move to reimpose sanctions on Iran and choke off the last remaining sources of Tehran's oil revenue has crippled the Iranian economy. For many ordinary Iranians, it's becoming increasingly hard to get by.
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