China tariffs list includes 194 pages of products as trade war escalates

The Trump administration and the Chinese government are engaged in an escalating tit-for-tat tariff war, and consumers are getting stuck in the middle. China said Monday that it is raising tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goodsin retaliation for Trump doubling duties on $200 billion of Chinese imports. This despite Trump’s tweeted warning that “China should not retaliate-will only get worse!” According to the AP, China’s Finance Ministry said the penalties will be tacked on to 5% to 25% on hundreds of U.S. products, including batteries, spinach, tea, and coffee. This new round of tariffs will take…

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Fair trade products become more prevalent around Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. — Jeanie Hinsman doesn’t have to spend as much time as she used to detailing the basics of fair trade as she spreads the gospel of ensuring consumers and employers pay fair compensation to the people producing the goods. “The knowledge is getting out there, but we have still a long way to go,” said Hinsman, who manages the New Ulm’s Own store, which sells fair trade items and promotes the mission. “The biggest factor in people having learned more is through the churches. We have nine fair…

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Chinese tech firms lay lower at CES 2019 amid trade tensions

The CES 2019 gadget show, which kicks off on January 6, will showcase the expanding influence and sway of China’s rapidly growing technology sector. But some of its firms are stepping back from the spotlight amid rising US national-security concerns over Chinese tech and a trans-Pacific trade war launched by President Donald Trump. Last year, a top executive of the Chinese telecom firm Huawei delivered a CES keynote address critical of AT&T’s abrupt cancellation of plans to sell a Huawei phone following espionage concerns raised by the US government. This…

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China upbeat ahead of US trade talks, but differences large

China has sounded a positive note ahead of trade talks this week with Washington, but the two sides face potentially lengthy wrangling over technology and the future of their economic relationship. Both sides have expressed an interest in settling their tariff fight over Beijing’s technology ambitions. Yet neither has indicated its stance has changed since a December 1 agreement by presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping to postpone further increases. Envoys will have “positive and constructive discussions” during meetings Monday and Tuesday, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang. The…

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