Aso, Pence plan first economic dialogue April 18 in Tokyo

Mar 24, 2017

Aso, Pence plan first economic dialogue April 18 in Tokyo

Japan and the United States plan to hold the first round of their high-level economic dialogue in Tokyo on April 18 to discuss infrastructure investment, trade rules and macroeconomic policy, sources have said. The framework, to be led by Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, ...

Abe, Merkel agree to work with U.S. to promote trade

/ Mar 21, 2017

Abe, Merkel agree to work with U.S. to promote trade

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed Monday that Japan and Europe should work together with the United States to promote free trade. “At a time when a protectionist movement is growing in the world, Japan and Europe must cooperate with ...

U.S. issues trade challenge at fraught G-20

Mar 19, 2017

U.S. issues trade challenge at fraught G-20

The United States on Saturday challenged long-standing global principles surrounding free trade, refusing to renew past anti-protectionist pledges and threatening to reopen negotiations on World Trade Organization deals. In a first sign of what Donald Trump’s “America First” push spells for the world, finance ...

Mar 19, 2017

Gist of Group of 20 finance chiefs' communique

In the communique released Saturday after a two-day meeting of Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers, the finance chiefs: Drop a pledge to resist all forms of protectionism. Vow to “strengthen the contribution of trade” to their economies. Say excess volatility and ...

Ukraine announces economic blockade of rebel-held territory

Mar 16, 2017

Ukraine announces economic blockade of rebel-held territory

Ukraine on Wednesday announced a transport blockade of rebel-held areas that is likely to cause serious economic disruption and could threaten a precarious cease-fire in the east of the country. “It will be in place until the occupiers return stolen Ukrainian industry to Ukrainian ...