US Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, highlighted the near-US$1 trillion investment the US had made in the Indo-Pacific region in 2017, which has almost doubled since 2009. Photo: Martin Chan

Asian nations not forced to choose between US and China despite trade war, senior American diplomat says

  • US Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, says ‘vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific excludes no nation’
  • Planned extradition hearing for Meng Wanzhou and charges laid against Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have stretched relations between Beijing and Washington
Topic |   China economy

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US Ambassador to Indonesia, Joseph Donovan, highlighted the near-US$1 trillion investment the US had made in the Indo-Pacific region in 2017, which has almost doubled since 2009. Photo: Martin Chan
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US trade representative Robert Lighthizer told US Congress last week that no deal was close and insisted that the United States would not agree to a deal that did not enforce structural changes in the Chinese economy. Photo: Reuters

US-China trade war deal confusion leaves American companies demanding clarity over mixed messaging

  • Speakers at the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce Business Summit said the uncertainty caused by the tariff war is damaging business
  • At the crux of the uncertainty is how the trade war will be resolved, with speakers complaining over the mixed messaging coming from the US government
Topic |   China economy

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US trade representative Robert Lighthizer told US Congress last week that no deal was close and insisted that the United States would not agree to a deal that did not enforce structural changes in the Chinese economy. Photo: Reuters
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