Thursdays top story: Trump accuses China of breaking deal as trade war intensifies. Plus, the border patrol serial killer and the women who stood up to him
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Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.
US prepares to increase duties on $200bn of Chinese goods
With a day to go before the the US and China enter a full-scale trade war, Donald Trump has accused Beijing of breaking a deal reached in trade talks between the two economic superpowers. As the US trade representative’s office prepared to hike duties on $200bn (£154bn) of Chinese goods from Friday, the president told supporters at a rally in Florida on Wednesday evening: “They broke the deal. They can’t do that, so they’ll be paying.”
Chinese reaction. The commerce ministry said if the US did impose the new tariffs on Friday, it would be forced to take “necessary countermeasures”.
Huawei case. Meng Wanzhou, the Huawei executive detained in Canada in December, has requested a halt to her extradition to the US. She said comments made by Trump prove that “political factors” related to the US-China trade conflict were behind her arrest. Trump has said the charges could be dropped if that would help trade talks with China.
House committee votes to hold Barr in contempt
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