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U.S. And China Hold Fresh Trade Talks

Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to halt any further tariff increases for 90 days beginning January 1.

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Deputy U.S. trade representative Jeffrey D. Gerrish, center, and members of his delegation leave the Westin hotel in Beijing, China, Jan. 7, 2019, for talks with their Chinese counterparts. VOA

U.S. and Chinese negotiators are holding trade talks Monday in Beijing as the world’s two largest economies seek a resolution to an ongoing tariff fight.

The meetings are due to last for two days, and both sides are expressing optimism.

U.S. President Donald Trump said last week, “I think we’ll have a deal with China,” while Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the negotiators would have “positive and constructive discussions.”

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Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish (front), key member of the U.S. trade delegation to China, arrives at a hotel in Beijing, Jan. 6, 2019. VOA

Last year, Trump imposed tariff hikes of up to 25 percent on $250 billion of Chinese goods. That move prompted China to respond with its own tariff increases on $110 billion of U.S. goods.

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Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to halt any further tariff increases for 90 days beginning January 1. (VOA)

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Plans To Close HDI Unit of Production in China

The company has reportedly been struggling to make a profit in recent years due to fierce competition from low-cost Chinese and Taiwanese rivals

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics has been expected to pull away from the HDI business due low profitability. The company previously announced its HDI production line in Busan will be transferred to Vietnam. Wikimedia Commons

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., an electronic components maker affiliated with Samsung Electronics, has said it will shut down one of its Chinese units that produces high density interconnect (HDI) substrates due to low profitability.

Kunshan Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. in Jiangsu, China, will halt production and sales, Samsung Electro-Mechanics said, adding that it also plans to sell assets of the Chinese unit.

Kunshan Samsung Electro-Mechanics produces HDI, a type of printed circuit board used in electronic devices, including smartphones and laptops, Yonhap news agency has reported.

The company has reportedly been struggling to make a profit in recent years due to fierce competition from low-cost Chinese and Taiwanese rivals.

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., an electronic components maker affiliated with Samsung Electronics, has said it will shut down one of its Chinese units that produces high density interconnect (HDI) substrates due to low profitability. Wikimedia Commons

To help the Chinese unit wind up its business, Samsung Electro-Mechanics will purchase 383.6 billion won worth of new shares issued by Kunshan Samsung Electro-Mechanics so the company can pay off its debts.

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Samsung Electro-Mechanics has been expected to pull away from the HDI business due low profitability. The company previously announced its HDI production line in Busan will be transferred to Vietnam. (IANS)