Airbus seeks China deal after diplomatic gaffe -sources

By Tim Hepher and Michel Rose PARIS, June 19 : Airbus is in talks to rescue a plane sale to China thrown into doubt earlier this year shortly after a perceived gaffe by two European envoys over China’s sensitive historical relationship with Japan, people familiar with the matter said. The Airbus talks come as France’s […]

Trump ratchets up China trade conflict with fresh tariff threat

By Eric Beech and Tony Munroe WASHINGTON/BEIJING, June 19 : U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, prompting a swift warning from Beijing of retaliation, as the trade conflict between the world’s two biggest economies quickly escalated. Trump’s latest move, as Washington fights trade battles […]

China suggests N.Korea sanctions relief as Trump, Kim meet

By Christian Shepherd BEIJING, June 12 : China suggested on Tuesday that sanctions relief could be considered for North Korea if the country abides by United Nations resolutions, as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged to work for denuclearisation. China has signed up for increasingly tough U.N. sanctions against […]

Australian winemakers press PM to end rift with China

By Colin Packham SYDNEY, Jun 6 : Australian winemakers on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to visit China to resolve diplomatic tensions blamed for trade obstacles that have raised concerns for an export market expected to top A$1 billion ($766 million) this year. As many as six Australian wine companies, including Treasury Wine Estates […]

China warns U.S. won’t get trade benefits if tariffs implemented as talks end

By Martin Quin Pollard and Michael Martina BEIJING, June 3 : China warned the United States on Sunday that any agreements reached on trade and business between the two countries will be void if Washington implements tariffs and other trade measures, as the two ended their latest round of talks in Beijing. A short statement, […]

Mattis warns of Chinese “intimidation”; says U.S. seeks “results-oriented” ties

By Idrees Ali SINGAPORE, June 2 : The United States is willing to work with China on a “results- oriented” relationship, but Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea were coercive and the Pentagon would “compete vigorously” if needed, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday. The comments by Mattis, speaking at the annual […]