Can fresh US-China talks end the trade war?

  • 30 July 2019
  • From the section Business
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Top trade negotiators from the US and China are meeting for the first time in almost three months on Tuesday to try and do a deal, but expectations are low.

Still, while there's been an apparent lull since the two sides last sat down and talked, there's been plenty going on under the surface.

There's now fresh evidence to show just how much the trade war is hurting both China and the US.

Here are three sore points between them that are adding yet another layer of complexity to the negotiations.

Much ado about Huawei

The US is stepping up its attacks on Huawei. In May, the US slapped an export ban on American companies from selling to Huawei on national security grounds.

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New cracks in the global economy as exports tumble

  • 18 July 2019
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This photo taken on May 14, 2019 shows a customer selecting imported items at a store in the Qingdao free trade port area in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province. Image copyright EPA
Image caption China's economy is growing at its slowest pace since 1990s as it fights a trade war with the US

If you were in any doubt that the US-China trade war is having an impact on Asia, look no further than Singapore's latest export figures.

Singapore saw exports fall for a second month in a row, this time by 17.3% in the month of June compared to a year ago.

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G20 summit: All eyes on Trump-Xi trade war showdown

  • 27 June 2019
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A woman takes a picture of a G20 Osaka design set up outside the venue for the G20 Osaka Summit in Osaka on June 26, 2019, ahead of the start of the summit later this week. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The leaders of the US and China are due to meet at the G20 summit in Japan this week

Leaders from the Group of 20 nations (G20) will meet in Osaka from Friday in what is likely to be its most important summit since the global financial crisis.

When the G20 met in Washington one month after the Lehman Brothers crash in 2008, they were focused on a mammoth task: how to piece the world economy back together and avoid a future crisis.

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Indonesia election: Why one vote could put a thousand Indonesias at stake

  • 16 April 2019
  • From the section Asia
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Image caption A woman votes during Indonesia's pre-election drill

While the world marvels at Indonesia's staging of the most complex single-day election in history, the real challenge for the country runs far deeper.

A rising tide of intolerance could put the hard-won unity of the country with more Muslims than anywhere else on Earth - unique for being so geographically far-flung and culturally diverse - at real risk.

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Indonesia election: China's complicated role in the country's future

  • 12 April 2019
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Image caption 192 million Indonesians are due to vote on 17 April

Whoever wins Indonesia's upcoming election will have to navigate a tricky relationship with China.

Beijing is a crucial player in the country's economic growth but increasingly unpopular with voters.

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Brunei LGBT: Will Clooney's boycott really work?

  • 5 April 2019
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In this picture taken on April 1 2019, children perform ablutions before praying at the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan Image copyright Getty Images

Brunei introduced strict Islamic laws this week that make gay sex punishable by flogging or stoning to death.

The measures, which also cover a range of other crimes including punishment for theft by amputation, have sparked widespread condemnation.

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Concern over Singapore's anti-fake news law

  • 4 April 2019
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Image caption Does the law hand too much power to the Singapore government?

This week Singapore's government proposed its anti-fake news law in parliament - the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill.

The government says the law is necessary to protect Singaporeans from fake news and educate them about potential damage it can cause - in particular inciting racial and religious disharmony.

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Huawei: The storm over the Chinese telecoms giant

  • 6 March 2019
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Soon 5G mobile internet will be everywhere.

Telecoms giant Huawei is a pioneer but is accused of being a gateway for China to spy on Western nations.

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Ren Zhengfei: 'When the mask fell'

  • 18 February 2019
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Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei Image copyright Qilai Shen

For a man known as reclusive and secretive, Ren Zhengfei seemed confident in the conviction that the business he's built for the last 30 years can withstand the scrutiny of Western government.

"There's no way the US can crush us," the 74-year-old founder of Huawei told me in a room filled with ornate European chairs and dining tables.

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Why Asia isn't hanging up on Huawei

  • 8 February 2019
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Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is facing a global backlash but for many telecom operators in South East Asia, it is still among the preferred 5G partners.

Several Asian telecom firms have told me it is "business as usual" for Huawei in their countries.

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