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China's exports and imports surge

China posted much stronger-than-expected trade data for January even as Asia braces for a rise in US protectionism under President Donald Trump.

China posted much stronger-than-expected trade data for January even as Asia braces for a rise in US protectionism under President Donald Trump.

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Donald Trump’s anachronistic trade strategy

By Richard Baldwin, professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva Donald Trump’s ignominious executive order barring entry

By Richard Baldwin, professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva Donald Trump’s ignominious executive order barring entry

Business

Ford profit down from Mexico plant hit

Ford has reported a quarterly loss partly linked to abandoning a planned factory in Mexico that President Trump criticised.

Ford has reported a quarterly loss partly linked to abandoning a planned factory in Mexico that President Trump criticised.

Business

German business morale weakens, but is Trump to blame?

German businesses are gloomier this month according to a survey of 7,000 firms, which may or may not be linked to Trump's protectionist comments.

German businesses are gloomier this month according to a survey of 7,000 firms, which may or may not be linked to Trump's protectionist comments.

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Canada's Trudeau talks trade as Trump rejects TPP and NAFTA

On President Trump's protectionist rhetoric Canada's PM Justin Trudeau says he'll emphasise the strong trade ties between the two countries.

On President Trump's protectionist rhetoric Canada's PM Justin Trudeau says he'll emphasise the strong trade ties between the two countries.

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Trump dumps the TPP trade pact as fears grow for the future of NAFTA

In a move seen as distancing America from its Asian allies, Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership on…

In a move seen as distancing America from its Asian allies, Donald Trump has formally withdrawn the United States from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership on…

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Trump administration 'keen on fast trade deal with Britain'

The incoming administration of Donald Trump reportedly wants to negotiate a new trade deal with the UK as quickly as possible after it leaves the EU.

The incoming administration of Donald Trump reportedly wants to negotiate a new trade deal with the UK as quickly as possible after it leaves the EU.

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China stresses US mutual interests amid trade war fears

China signals it wants to avoid a trade war after US President-elect Donald Trump names tough-talking Robert Lighthizer as his chief trade negotiator.

China signals it wants to avoid a trade war after US President-elect Donald Trump names tough-talking Robert Lighthizer as his chief trade negotiator.

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Oil extends gains ahead of OPEC talks

Oil prices extended gains for a second session running on Friday – fuelled by optimism that non-OPEC producers will agree to reduce output following a cartel agreement to limit…

Oil prices extended gains for a second session running on Friday – fuelled by optimism that non-OPEC producers will agree to reduce output following a cartel agreement to limit…

Europe

EU-US free trade talks 'frozen' after Trump election win

Brussels (AFP) – Talks on a vast free-trade deal between the EU and US are likely to be “frozen” for years after the stunning election victory of Donald Trump, the EU said on…

Brussels (AFP) – Talks on a vast free-trade deal between the EU and US are likely to be “frozen” for years after the stunning election victory of Donald Trump, the EU said on…

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China sees Trump election as a trade opportunity

China hopes to turn the US election upset to its advantage by seeking support for a Beijing-led Asia-Pacific free trade deal to replace TPP.

China hopes to turn the US election upset to its advantage by seeking support for a Beijing-led Asia-Pacific free trade deal to replace TPP.

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Europe and Canada set to sign CETA trade pact

Canada and Europe are set to sign their long-delayed free trade deal later today at a summit in Brussels.

Canada and Europe are set to sign their long-delayed free trade deal later today at a summit in Brussels.

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Belgium signs the CETA deal

It had been blocked by Belgium's regional parliament in Wallonia, effectively meaning it could not be signed by the national government, nor by the EU as a whole.

It had been blocked by Belgium's regional parliament in Wallonia, effectively meaning it could not be signed by the national government, nor by the EU as a whole.

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Belgium reaches deal to break deadlock over EU-Canada free trade agreement

The signing ceremony for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA had been called off after the French-speaking region of Wallonia vetoed the deal.

The signing ceremony for the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA had been called off after the French-speaking region of Wallonia vetoed the deal.

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'CETA is not dead' - trade deal can be saved says EU

Brussels still believes a landmark trade deal between the EU and Canada - blocked by Belgium's French-speaking Wallonia region - can succeed.

Brussels still believes a landmark trade deal between the EU and Canada - blocked by Belgium's French-speaking Wallonia region - can succeed.

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Wallonia - the mouse that roared

How has the tiny Belgian region brought a landmark global trade deal to the brink of collapse?

How has the tiny Belgian region brought a landmark global trade deal to the brink of collapse?

Europe

Belgian region scuppers EU-Canada free trade deal

An EU-Canada free trade deal has been left hanging in the balance after talks between Canada and the regional government in Wallonia broke down.

An EU-Canada free trade deal has been left hanging in the balance after talks between Canada and the regional government in Wallonia broke down.

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Wallonia premier urges fresh negotiations on EU-Canada free trade deal

Paul Magnette leads the regional government in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, where the parliament has refused to provide its backing for the federal government’s move to approve the

Paul Magnette leads the regional government in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium, where the parliament has refused to provide its backing for the federal government’s move to approve the

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EU warns Wallonia over Canada trade pact

The EU is stepping up the pressure on Belgium’s French-speaking region of Wallonia after its government refused to back a free trade deal with Canada.

The EU is stepping up the pressure on Belgium’s French-speaking region of Wallonia after its government refused to back a free trade deal with Canada.