U.S. designates China as currency manipulator for first time in decades

Reuters | August 06, 2019

The U.S. government has determined that China is manipulating its currency and will engage with the International Monetary Fund to eliminate unfair competition from Beijing, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement on Monday. The move brings already tense U.S.-Chinese relations to a boil and fulfills U.S. President Donald Trump’s promise to label China a currency manipulator for the first time since 1994. The U.S. action follows China allowing its yuan to weaken past the key 7-per-dollar level on Monday for the first time in more than a decade. Beijing later said it would stop buying U.S. agricultural products, inflaming a yearlong trade war with the United States.

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Gainesville's newest city commissioners, Harvey Budd and Charles Goston, took part in a two-day orientation process to learn more about the inner workings of city government.

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Gainesville's newest city commissioners, Harvey Budd and Charles Goston, took part in a two-day orientation process to learn more about the inner workings of city government.

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