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Trump hints at more China tariffs

A man stands on a port in China
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US President Donald Trump has once again warned fresh tariffs on Chinese goods could be on the way.

In an interview with CBS, he said he "might" look to impose more tariffs on Beijing.

“I want them to negotiate a fair deal with us. I want them to open their markets like our markets are open,” Trump said.

The trade row between the two countries has already seen the US impose tariffs on goods worth $250bn - and the president has previously said more could be to come - in response to what America says are unfair trading practices by China.

Python loses (bank) balance in China
Python drops in on a staff meeting at a bank in Nanning, southern China.

Mystery note from a Chinese prisoner in a Walmart purse

There's a note inside your new purse, apparently from a prisoner in China.What do you do?
You buy a purse at Walmart. There's a note inside, apparently from a prisoner in China, saying 'I made your nice new bag and I'm incarcerated in terrible conditions and the guards are stealing my food'. What do you do? What does Walmart do? For journalist Rossalyn Warren that letter led to a detective operation that took her halfway around the world in search of answers.
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Beijing reconsiders free trade pact with Asia-Pacific nations

CPTPP members at the signing ceremony in March 2018 in Chile
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As the US-China trade war rumbles on, Beijing's attitude towards an 11-nation trade pact that it was initially shut out of by the US is shifting - that's according to a sources-only report in the South China Morning Post.

The US pulled out last year from the pact, which was formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

A group of eleven Asia-Pacific countries salvaged the pact however and renamed it the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

By potentially joining the CPTPP, Beijing would be able to boost its role in free trade, and strengthen its position against US President Donald Trump’s protectionist “America first” strategy, the SCMP report says.

The trade pact covers a market of nearly 500 million people, despite the US pullout

Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam are members of the CPTPP.

Read more about the CPTPP here.

Chinese man charged with US aviation 'espionage'

The US justice department has announced charges of economic espionage against a suspected Chinese intelligence officer.

Officials say Yanjun Xu tried to steal trade secrets from US aviation and aerospace companies on behalf of China.

He was arrested in Belgium earlier this year and on Tuesday extradited to the US.

A senior justice department official said the case was "part of an overall economic policy of developing China at American expense".