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Europe pushes Greece in bogged-down debt talks

Apr 25, 2015

Europe pushes Greece in bogged-down debt talks

European ministers heaped pressure on Greece on Friday to speed up negotiations to unblock critically needed bailout funds and avert a dangerous default, showing frustration after months of bogged down talks. The eurozone’s 19 finance ministers ended a meeting in Riga without a breakthrough ...

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

Apr 25, 2015

No trade breakthrough likely during Abe's U.S. visit: White House

The White House on Friday dashed hopes of a breakthrough on U.S.-Japan trade when President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Washington next week, further delaying a major 12-nation Pacific trade pact. “We’re not there yet,” said Caroline Atkinson, Obama’s deputy ...

Trade balance swings to first surplus since 2012

Apr 22, 2015

Trade balance swings to first surplus since 2012

The nation’s exports exceeded imports in March for the first time in almost three years, providing support for an economy struggling with weak domestic spending. The trade surplus was ¥229.3 billion, the Finance Ministry announced Wednesday, soaring above a median estimate of ¥44.6 billion ...

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. business group in China urges more transparency, access

The American Chamber of Commerce in China called Tuesday for more government transparency and fairness as the confidence of U.S. companies in the country’s investment climate deteriorates. The chamber said in its annual white paper that its members wanted to see the government apply ...