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An employee shows US dollar banknotes at a foreign currency brokerage office in Khartoum on October 7, 2018. - Sudan slashed the official value of its currency against the US dollar by more than half on October 7, the third devaluation this year in the face of a mounting economic crisis. (Photo by ASHRAF SHAZLY / AFP)

Dollar slips as trade progress boosts risk assets; kiwi soars

The dollar edged lower versus its peers on Wednesday, as rising hopes of a breakthrough in U.S.-China trade talks led investors to put money into the euro and Asian currencies.
China and the US have already slapped tariffs on more than $360bn in two-way trade [Andy Wong-AP]

China’s Xi Jinping to meet US officials as tariff deadline looms

Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to meet top American officials in Beijing this week, a report said on Wednesday, as the world's two biggest economies rush to patch up their trade differences amid threats of an expanded trade war.
Rights groups have accused China of engaging in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Muslims [Thomas Peter-Reuters]

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet’s death

China has hit back at claims by Turkey over its treatment of Uighur people, and denied reports a prominent poet and musician from the ethnic Muslim minority was tortured to death in prison.
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Mystery buyer props up euro as bond yields fall

The euro held at a two-week low on Friday as traders nursed losses in a week of bad data that indicated an economic slowdown in Europe was spreading as trade tensions between United States and China remain high.

Oil prices slip on economy fears

Oil markets fell on Friday, pulled down by worries over a global economic slowdown, although Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against Venezuela provided crude with some support.

Oil: OPEC-led supply cuts, sanctions against Venezuela keep prices steady

Oil prices were stable on Monday, largely maintaining gains from the previous session as OPEC-led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions against Venezuela provided the market with support.
President Buhari and President Xi Jinping

President Buhari congratulates Xi Jinping on Chinese lunar new year

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping on the celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
A man walks in front of a stock indicator board showing share prices of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo on December 10, 2018. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI - AFP)

Asian shares go flat as China data disappoints

Asian shares crept back from four-month highs on Friday as a dismal survey on Chinese factory activity dulled optimism about the prospects for a Sino-U.S. deal on tariffs.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a working dinner after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Donald Trump: China trade talks going well, will meet Xi in near future

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday trade talks between US and Chinese negotiators are "going well", but no deal will be finalised until he meets Chinese President Xi Jinping "in the near future".
Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang disappeared in 2015. Isaac Lawrence-AFP-Getty Images

China jails rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang for ‘subversion’

A court in China has sentenced prominent rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang to four and a half years in jail for "subverting state power", in a verdict that sparked criticism from human rights activists.
Yang Hengjun

Australia calls China to treat detained Yang Hengjun ‘fairly’

The Australian government has urged China to treat the case of detained writer Yang Hengjun "transparently and fairly", amid a growing row over the fate of the Chinese-Australian.

Spain to help China develop football

La Liga and China’s Super League on Friday signed an accord to “make Chinese football grow throughout the world.”

North Korea’s top envoy en route to Washington

A top North Korean official left for Washington on Thursday, reports said, for talks with his US counterpart ahead of an expected summit between President Donald Trump and Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong Un.

US launches criminal probe of Huawei

The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, said the Department of Justice is looking into allegations of theft of trade secrets from Huawei’s US business partners, including a T-Mobile robotic device used to test smartphones.
Yang Jiechi (R), Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special representative, meets with Arab League Secretary-general Ahmed Aboul-Gheit in Cairo, Egypt, January 15, 2019. -Xinhua Photo

China, Egypt agree to promote pragmatic cooperation in all fields

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special representative Yang Jiechi and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi agreed on Wednesday to promote pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in all fields, CGTN has reported.
Tsai Ing-wen

Taiwan says won’t bow to China pressure

Taiwan will not bow to Chinese pressure, a presidential spokesperson has said, as the self-ruled island held live-fire military drills aimed at showing its ability to defend itself from Beijing's threats.
This January 8, 2019 picture released by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 10 shows North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (L) shaking hands with China’s President Xi Jinping (R) during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (Photo by KCNA VIA KNS / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP) / – South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT /

China-North Korea trade battered by UN sanctions

China’s trade with North Korea plummeted last year, data showed Monday, as harsh UN sanctions batter the nuclear-armed country’s economy.
Members of a US negotiation team leave a hotel for the second day of talks in Beijing on January 8, 2019. – The US delegation in Beijing includes officials from the Treasury, Commerce, Agriculture and Energy departments. The talks come a month after US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to suspend a planned tariff hike for three months to give negotiators space to reach an agreement and end a dispute that has roiled world markets. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

US official says China trade talks ‘went just fine’

The United States and China concluded on Wednesday three days of extended talks to resolve their trade war, with a member of the American delegation saying negotiations “went just fine”.

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