Joe McDonald

Government, Business

China Trade Surplus With US Widens to Record $34.1 Billion

Ships in Chinese bay Associated Press

BEIJING — China’s trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 billion in September as exports to the American market rose by 13% over a year earlier despite a worsening tariff war.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
October 12, 2018
Government, Technology

China Announces Tariff Cut, Stays Silent on US Technology Complaints

Chinese trade report A government officer distributes copies of a report on "the Facts and China's Position on China-U.S. Trade Friction" to journalists during a press conference Sept. 25. (Andy Wong/ Associated Press)

China announced more tariff cuts Sept. 26 on construction machinery and other goods but no action on U.S. complaints about its technology policy that are fueling an escalating trade battle.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
September 26, 2018
Government, Business

China Official Says Talks Impossible With ‘US Holding Knife’

Beijing police patrol in front of a Gap store Chinese police patrol in formation past a Gap store in Beijing. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

BEIJING — China cannot hold talks with Washington on ending their escalating trade dispute while the United States “holds a knife” to Beijing’s neck by imposing tariff hikes, a Chinese official said Sept. 25.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
September 25, 2018
Government, Business

China Looks Unlikely to Give In After US Tariff Hike

Workers assemble a car in a Chinese factory Workers install an engine at the Beijing assembly plant of Chinese automaker BAIC ORU. (Andy Wong/Associated Press)

BEIJING — China unveiled a slew of changes under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over technology.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
September 18, 2018
Government, Business

US, China Raise Tariffs in New Round of Trade Dispute

Man in Guangzhou, China, in front of billboard A man sits in front of a billboard stating that American customers will be charged 25% extra due to ongoing China-U.S. trade tensions at a restaurant in Guangzhou in southern China's Guangdong Province. (Chinatopix via AP)

BEIJING — The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Aug. 23 in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
August 23, 2018
Government, Business

China Appeals for Cooperation as It Warns of ‘Trade War’

Chinese Vice Premier Han Zheng delivers his opening speech in the China Development Forum held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, March 25. (Emily Wang/AP)

A top Chinese official warned March 25 that a “trade war” would harm all sides but gave no indication of Beijing’s possible next move in a spiraling dispute with President Donald Trump over steel and technology.

Joe McDonald | Associated Press
March 27, 2018