Explainer: U.S., China more divided than ever as new trade talks loom

Reuters | September 06, 2019

Senior U.S. and Chinese officials have pledged to meet in October to settle their ongoing trade war but a lasting peace seems more elusive than ever. Since trade negotiations between the world’s largest economies broke down in May, both countries have added tariffs on billions of dollars of the others’ goods, broken good faith promises and traded public insults. Washington accused Beijing of reneging on commitments to change its laws to enact economic reforms, while Beijing called U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff’s “barbaric.” Leaders from both countries are now vowing a long fight, despite slowing domestic economies.

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For the first time since the Government began tracking job openings nearly 20 years ago, there are more job openings in the United States than unemployed people looking for work. In fact, there are over 1.6 million more job openings than unemployed people. Because of the Trump Administration’s pro-growth policies, the American worker is in great demand. In a 2019 survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a quarter of small businesses reported that their single most important problem is finding workers with the skillset employers need.

Spotlight

For the first time since the Government began tracking job openings nearly 20 years ago, there are more job openings in the United States than unemployed people looking for work. In fact, there are over 1.6 million more job openings than unemployed people. Because of the Trump Administration’s pro-growth policies, the American worker is in great demand. In a 2019 survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a quarter of small businesses reported that their single most important problem is finding workers with the skillset employers need.

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