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New US ambassador 'hopeful' that Australian interests won't be harmed in China trade resolution

New US ambassador 'hopeful' that Australian interests won't be harmed in China trade resolution

Arthur B Culvahouse jnr said he has his fingers crossed that Donald Trump will consider allies' concerns.

  • by Fergus Hunter

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China lowers its growth target, but not its ambitions
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USA

China lowers its growth target, but not its ambitions

China has cut its target for economic growth in 2019 and seems to have dropped the label, but not the substance, of the policies that provoked the US.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
'Tariff Man' Trump set to become $US100 Billion Man as trade gap soars
Donald Trump

'Tariff Man' Trump set to become $US100 Billion Man as trade gap soars

New economic data is expected to show Trump's presidency will have seen the US trade shortfall -- his main metric for winning or losing -- balloon by 20 per cent.

  • by Shawn Donnan
Political donor: Labor’s lobster plan was mine, but minister botched it
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ALP

Political donor: Labor’s lobster plan was mine, but minister botched it

One of the state's biggest political donors and tourism operators claimed credit for the state government's failed attempt to increase WA's lobster catch during a meeting in Perth in January.

  • by Nathan Hondros and Kate Hedley
'This is only the start': Indonesia, Australia to finally sign free trade deal
Indonesian election

'This is only the start': Indonesia, Australia to finally sign free trade deal

After months of delay and diplomatic dispute, Canberra and Jakarta will sign off on IA-CEPA.

  • by James Massola and Karuni Rompies
Trump's done a U-turn on China's currency - and he's chuffed to bits
Opinion
Donald Trump

Trump's done a U-turn on China's currency - and he's chuffed to bits

Donald Trump labelled China a currency manipulator. Now he's forced China to agree to manipulate its currency.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
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Trade Minister says protectionism may play a role in China coal export 'slowdown'
China

Trade Minister says protectionism may play a role in China coal export 'slowdown'

\\\"We hear that there may be some localised quotas being implemented,\\\" Simon Birmingham said.

  • by Michael Koziol
Grey channels and deep pockets: Small businesses fail to benefit from trade deals
Trade

Grey channels and deep pockets: Small businesses fail to benefit from trade deals

A parliamentary report into Free Trade Agreements released on Monday found they need to be more user friendly for small businesses.

  • by Cara Waters
Trade talks to continue in Washington as deadline looms
Xi Jinping

Trade talks to continue in Washington as deadline looms

Xi Jinping said progress has been made in talks between China and the US - but he gave few details.

  • by Kirsty Needham
Indonesia-Australia to sign free trade agreement
Indonesia

Indonesia-Australia to sign free trade agreement

Months of tensions over Australia's proposal to move its embassy to Jerusalem threatened to derail the multibillion-dollar deal. 

  • by Eryk Bagshaw and James Massola
Indonesia and Australia will sign trade deal in March, minister says
Indonesia

Indonesia and Australia will sign trade deal in March, minister says

The deal, which has been years in the making, was due to be signed last year but Australia's decision to move the Israeli embassy stalled the process.

  • by Bernadette Christina Munthe