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TRADE ISSUES TIMELINE

SEP 05, 2018

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SEP 05, 2018

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SEP 05, 2018

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SEP 05, 2018

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SOURCE: BREITBART

SUBMITTER: MICHAEL L.

CHINA INSISTS LOANS TO AFRICA ARE NOT ‘FREE MONEY’
China’s state-run Global Times ran an op-ed Wednesday denying that Beijing is using “Belt and Road” infrastructure loans to buy political influence in Africa. They claim the projects are necessary to access Africa’s oil and mineral wealth, which will generate profits needed to make the payments.

SEP 05, 2018

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AUG 23, 2018

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AUG 23, 2018

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SOURCE: POLITICO

SUBMITTER: MICHAEL L.

TRUMP'S CHINA TARIFFS COULD BECOME THE NEW REALITY
Both countries on Thursday escalated the tariff battle, imposing additional duties on $16 billion worth of each other's goods—bringing the total to more than $50 billion in affected exports on each side.

AUG 23, 2018

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AUG 23, 2018

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SOURCE: BREITBART

SUBMITTER: MICHAEL L.

JOBLESS CLAIMS BETTER THAN EXPECTED AGAIN
Despite trade disputes, in the week ending August 18, new claims for unemployment benefits came in at 210,000, a decrease of 2,000 from the previous week’s 212,000. Economists had expected claims to rise to 215,000.

AUG 23, 2018

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SOURCE: C&EN

SUBMITTER: ERIC L.

WARNINGS GROW ABOUT IMPACT OF TARIFFS ON CHEM FROM CHN
An outline of the challenges faced by the American chemical and research industries in facing a potential increase in prices of necessary chemicals for manufacturing and research.