China aims to create 13 million new jobs this year. Photo: EPA-EFE

China turns attention to jobs as trade war casts shadow over economy, with Li Keqiang demanding jobs for graduates, ex-military and more

  • Chinese premier calls on cadres to give top priority to fresh graduates, demobilised military personnel and migrant workers
  • Beijing’s grip on the reins of power gives it an edge in dealing with the US, analyst says
Topic |   US-China trade war

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China aims to create 13 million new jobs this year. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (centre) in Washington last week for trade talks. Photo: EPA-EFE

China vows to fight ‘to the end’ as it raises tariffs on US$60 billion of US goods in trade war escalation

  • Ministry of Finance says the move, with duties to rise to ‘25, 20 and 10 per cent’, is a response to ‘unilateralism and trade protectionism’
  • Announcement follows US President Donald Trump’s warning that Beijing should not retaliate for US tariff increases
Topic |   US-China trade war

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Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He (centre) in Washington last week for trade talks. Photo: EPA-EFE
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