China makes positive comments on US negotiations

China said talks with the US “laid the foundations” to resolve a damaging trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.   The negotiations in Beijing this week were “extensive, deep and detailed,” China’s commerce ministry said.   The US highlighted China’s pledge to purchase more agriculture and other goods,…

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World Bank warning on global economy

The World Bank is warning of increasing risks, or what it calls “darkening skies”, for the world economy.   In its annual assessment of global prospects the Bank predicts continued, though somewhat slower, growth this year and next.   The Bank’s forecast for the global economy is expansion this year…

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Plastic bag fee in England to double

The 5 pence fee for plastic carrier bags in England will be doubled to 10p (£0.10 GBP), and extended to all shops, under plans set out by the environment secretary.   The change is contained in a government consultation aimed at further reducing the plastic used by consumers and could…

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China ‘ready to work with US’

China has said it is “ready to work” with the US, suggesting progress in trade talks between the two countries.   It said it would be willing to work with the US to “implement the important consensus” reached at December’s G20.   At the Buenos Aires summit the two countries…

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