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US Pentagon chief speaks for 1st time to Chinese counterpart

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday spoke with his Chinese counterpart for the first time since becoming Pentagon chief more than a year ago, breaking a communications impass...

Shanghai allows 4 million out of homes as virus rules ease

BEIJING (AP) — Shanghai allowed 4 million more people out of their homes Wednesday as anti-virus controls that shut down China's biggest city eased, while the International Monetary Fund cut its forec...

China's economy grows still-weak 4.8% in January-March

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leaders face pressure to shore up sinking economic growth after Shanghai and other cities shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks, threatening to disrupt global trade and manuf...

Asian shares sink as China says 1Q growth at 4.8%

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mostly lower in Asia after China reported Monday that its economy expanded at a 4.8% annual pace in January-March. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Taipei and Sh...

Asian shares sink as China says 1Q growth at 4.8%

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were lower in Asia after China reported Monday that its economy expanded at a 4.8% annual pace in January-March. Benchmarks fell in Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai. ...

China's economy grows still-weak 4.8% in January-March

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth edged up to a still-weak 4.8% over a year earlier in the first three months of 2022 as industrial cities shut down to fight coronavirus outbreaks, threatening to...

Asian shares fall, trading muted with Good Friday, holidays

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell in muted trading as most world markets were closed for Good Friday and other holidays. Benchmarks declined in Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai. Sydney, Manil...

Anti-virus shutdowns in China spread as infections rise

BEIJING (AP) — Anti-virus controls that have shut down some of China’s biggest cities and fueled public irritation are spreading as infections rise, hurting a weak economy and prompting warnings of po...

China's March exports grow despite virus; imports flat

BEIJING (AP) — China’s exports rose 15.7% over a year ago in March while imports were flat amid disruption due to coronavirus outbreaks as the ruling Communist Party enforces a “zero-COVID” strategy t...

Shanghai eases 2-week shutdown, letting some residents out

BEIJING (AP) — Some residents of Shanghai were allowed out of their homes as the city of 25 million eased a two-week-old shutdown Tuesday after a video posted online showed what was said to be people ...

Global stocks sink as traders await US inflation numbers

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks and Wall Street futures sank Tuesday as investors waited for U.S. inflation data amid unease about higher interest rates, Chinese efforts to contain coronavirus outbreaks ...

Russian war worsens fertilizer crunch, risking food supplies

KIAMBU COUNTY, Kenya (AP) — Monica Kariuki is about ready to give up on farming. What is driving her off her 10 acres of land outside Nairobi isn’t bad weather, pests or blight — the traditional agric...

Global stocks sink on worries over inflation, supply chains

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets and Wall Street futures sank Monday after the Federal Reserve indicated it might raise interest rates more aggressively to cool U.S. inflation and President Emmanue...

Asian stocks follow Wall St down amid US interest rate fears

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Monday after the Federal Reserve indicated it might raise interest rates more aggressively to cool U.S. inflation. Shang...

Shanghai wrestles with food shortages under virus shutdown

BEIJING (AP) — Residents of Shanghai are struggling to get meat, rice and other food supplies under anti-coronavirus controls that confine most of its 25 million people in their homes, fueling frustra...