China says has not found any clues regarding US sonic incident

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang answers questions about a major bus accident in North Korea, during a news conference in Beijing, China April 23, 2018. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo More BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it had not found any clues to what had happened after an American citizen…

Trump's Tariff Threat Vexes Global Auto Makers

Toyota’s most popular vehicle in the U.S. is the RAV4 SUV, which isn’t made at any of its U.S. factories. Photo: Wang Ying/Zuma Press By Sean McLain in Nagoya, Japan and Sean McLain The Wall Street Journal Biography @McLainSean sean.mclain@wsj.com Trefor Moss in Shanghai Trefor Moss The Wall Street Journal Biography @Trefor1 Google+ Trefor.Moss@wsj.com Updated…

China, Japan protest US probe into need for auto tariffs

BEIJING — China and Japan both condemned Thursday the Trump administration’s decision to launch an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on imports of vehicles and automotive parts into the United States. China’s Commerce Ministry said Beijing would “firmly defend” its rights and interests against what it called the Trump administration’s abuse of national security…

North Korea expected to close nuclear test site, despite squabbles

TOKYO — North Korea is expected to blow up its nuclear testing site Thursday afternoon, in a gesture designed to show it is still willing to embark on a diplomatic journey with the United States despite the recent ructions. The North Korean regime took a group of foreign journalists to the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site…

Pentagon disinvites China from major naval exercise over South China Sea buildup

The Pentagon disinvited China from participating in a major naval exercise on Wednesday, signaling mounting U.S. anger over Beijing’s expanded military footprint in disputed areas of the South China Sea. Lt. Col. Christopher Logan, a Pentagon spokesman, said the Defense Department had withdrawn an earlier invitation to the Chinese navy to participate in the Rim…

Pentagon uninvites China from major US military exercise

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Wednesday uninvited China from a major U.S.-hosted naval drill in response to what it sees as Beijing’s militarization of islands in the South China Sea, a decision China called unconstructive. “As an initial response to China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea we have disinvited the PLA Navy…

US launches auto import probe, China says will defend interests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration has launched a national security investigation into car and truck imports that could lead to new U.S. tariffs similar to those imposed on imported steel and aluminum in March. The national security probe under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 would investigate whether vehicle and parts…

North Korea warns of nuclear showdown, calls Pence 'political dummy'

Choe Son Hui, a vice-minister in the North Korean Foreign Ministry, said if the US continued on its current path, she would suggest to North Korea‘s leadership that they reconsider the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or…

Trump Initiates Trade Inquiry That Could Lead to Tariffs on Foreign Cars

Trump Initiates Trade Inquiry That Could Lead to Tariffs on Foreign Cars ImageThe investigation into imported cars would be carried out under the same legal statute that the administration used to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.CreditZack Wittman for The New York Times By Ana Swanson May 23, 2018 President Trump has initiated a…