US President Donald Trump speaks during a tour of the Flextronics computer manufacturing facility where Apple's Mac Pros are assembled in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Trump says China ‘not stepping up’ in trade talks making him reluctant to strike deal

  • US president ‘looking at’ exempting Apple from China tariffs, he says during tour of computer manufacturing facility
  • Wall Street retreats further from record highs as pessimism mounts over likelihood of agreement to end trade war
Topic |   US-China trade war

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a tour of the Flextronics computer manufacturing facility where Apple's Mac Pros are assembled in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the White House remains “optimistic” that a trade deal can be reached. Photo: AP

China remains silent as Trump repeats threat to hike tariffs if trade war deal not reached soon

  • Chinese officials and state media have been silent on threats from US president to raise tariffs on Chinese goods if ‘phase one’ trade deal not settled soon
  • Senior White House officials still optimistic a deal can be reached to end 17-month tariff war
Topic |   China economy

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the White House remains “optimistic” that a trade deal can be reached. Photo: AP
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