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Chinese Province to Ban Homework on Cellphone Apps

In this Sept. 4, 2018, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, students line-up to get eyesight test at a primary school in Donglin Township of Huzhou City, east China’s Zhejiang Province. An eastern Chinese province plans to ban teachers from assigning homework to be completed on cellphone apps as part of efforts to preserve students’ eyesight. Zhejiang province issued a…

Trade War Impact on Soybean Farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-It’s been a tough year for farmers as they were hit with bad weather and tariffs. A trade war between China and the US started back in July of last year and is still ongoing.  Farmers are used to uncertainty as they deal with different weather conditions each year. This year wasn’t as good of a year. “In…

AP Analysis: Steel Tariffs Waived Even With Tough Trade Talk

FILE – In this June 5, 2018, file photo, rolls of steel are shown in Baytown, Texas. Despite President Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade, his administration has granted hundreds of companies permission to import millions of tons of steel made in China, Japan and other countries without paying the hefty tariff he put in place to protect U.S. manufacturers…

China, U.S. Announce More Trade Talks Next Week

BEIJING – A U.S. trade envoy says talks on a dispute over Beijing’s technology ambitions “made headway on very, very important” issues. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer expressed optimism but gave no details after the two countries wrapped up two days of trade talks on Friday. The official Chinese news agency says negotiators will meet again next week in Washington. Categories:…

Stocks Surge On Trade Talks, Jobs Report

NEW YORK – Stocks are jumping early Friday as investors are encouraged by news of trade talks between the U.S. and China and a strong report on the U.S. job market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 467 points, or 2.1 percent, to 23,154. The S&P 500 gained 2.1 percent, to 2,498. The Nasdaq rose 2.3 percent, to 6,614. Technology…

Why Slowing Economies Could Prod US and China to Reach Deal

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration and China are facing growing pressure to blink in their six-month stare-down over trade because of jittery markets and portents of economic weakness. The import taxes the two sides have imposed on hundreds of billions of each other’s goods – and the threat of more to come – have heightened anxiety on each side of…

China Halts Work By Team On Gene-Edited Babies

HONG KONG – China’s government has ordered a halt to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. Vice Minister of Science and Technology Xu Nanping told state broadcaster CCTV Thursday that his ministry is strongly opposed to the efforts that reportedly produced twin girls born earlier this month. Xu called the…

South Dakota AG Community: Critics of Trade War & Bailout Plan

The president announced Tuesday, July 25th, a $12 billion plan to pay farmers for their losses and find new global markets.   However, some in South Dakota’s ag industry say a bailout won’t stop the damaging domino effect of the trade war with China. “It’s kind of a poor bandaid to put on for the time being,” said Scott Stahl,…

Trump Attacks China After Report Of North Korea Oil Transfer

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is attacking China following reports that Chinese ships improperly transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea, saying there “will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump said on Twitter Thursday that China had been “Caught RED HANDED,” adding he was “very disappointed that China…

US, China Leaders Discuss North Korea

NEW YORK (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping have discussed North Korea’s continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests. The leaders spoke by phone Monday while Trump is in New York for this week’s U.N. General Assembly session. Xi skipped this year’s gathering. The White House says Trump and Xi committed to…

US Warns China, Russia To Comply On NKorea Sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration is warning that the U.S. will punish companies in China and Russia that don’t comply with restrictions in the new international sanctions on North Korea. State Department and Treasury Department officials are testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the pressure campaign against North Korea’s weapons development. Tuesday’s hearing comes a day after…

Reynolds To Lead Agriculture Trade Mission To China In July

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to lead a trade mission to China this summer that will focus on agriculture. Reynolds announced Tuesday that she and representatives from the Iowa Farm Bureau and other agriculture groups will travel to China between July 19 and July 28 to meet with government officials and industry partners. Reynolds says…

Senate On Track To Confirm Iowa Governor As China Envoy

WASHINGTON (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is on track to be confirmed as President Donald Trump’s ambassador to China. The Senate is expected to approve Branstad’s nomination in a vote scheduled for later Monday. During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Branstad assured lawmakers that he would not shy away from confronting Beijing on a range of issues, including…

North Korea Missile Launch Tests Trump’s China Outreach

WASHINGTON (AP) – North Korea’s launch of a longer-range missile shows advances in its technological capabilities and offers the sternest test yet of President Donald Trump’s strategy to work with China to combat the threat. Will China fully enforce global sanctions on North Korea and back tough new penalties? If not, will Trump accept the growing calls from Congress to…

Senate Committee Approves Branstad For US Envoy To China

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel has approved Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China. Tuesday’s decision all but assures full Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump’s pick for the key diplomatic post. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee approved Branstad’s nomination by voice vote. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, says Branstad is “fully…

Trump Says China Won’t Be Labeled A Currency Manipulator

WASHINGTON (AP) – Backing away from a campaign pledge, President Donald Trump says his administration will not label China a currency manipulator in a report due this week, though he does feel the U.S. dollar “is getting too strong.” Trump also says he would prefer that the Federal Reserve keep interest rates relatively low. The president expresses those views in…

Branstad Goes To Washington To Discuss Ambassador Nomination

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he’ll have private meetings with members of Congress this week to discuss his consideration as U.S. ambassador to China. The Republican governor is scheduled to be in Washington between Monday and Thursday. Branstad says he’ll meet with members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and officials at the State…