Throughout U.S. farm country tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are boosting costs for equipment and infrastructure and causing some farmers and agricultural firms to scrap purchases and expansion plans.
Fears over the coronavirus have caused Cargill Inc. to ban all non-essential employee travel. Facebook has also cancelled its largest convention, but the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics say preparations continue.
Chinese state media on Monday praised a significant dialing back of trade tension with the United States, saying China had stood its ground and the two countries had huge potential for win-win business cooperation.
U.S. President Trump said last week he would reconsider joining the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, if it were a “substantially better” deal than the one offered to President Obama.