The escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing dominated discussions at the G-7 gathering in France.Politicsread more
The latest round of tariff announcements in the last few days means that by the end of the year, essentially all Chinese goods exported to the U.S. will be subject to duties.China Economyread more
Futures fell after Trump said the U.S. will raise tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese imports, increasing trade tensions.Marketsread more
Tensions stemming from the U.S.-China trade war escalated sharply over the last few days, with much happening as Asian markets were shut down for the weekend.China Economyread more
Clouding the G-7 gathering, which represents the world's major industrial economies, are the tit-for-tat tariffs between Washington and Beijing.Politicsread more
Neither the U.S. nor China wants to be seen as the party that derailed trade talks, says William Reinsch of Center for Strategic and International Studies.World Economyread more
China said Friday it will be resuming 25% duties on U.S. autos, and a further 5% on auto parts and components.Asia Marketsread more
World leaders, environmental groups and celebrities have publicly decried the vast swaths of forest being destroyed by the fires.World Newsread more
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung says the Singapore government has been preparing for the challenge of an aging workforce "for the past 20 years."Employmentread more
Megvii is known for its facial recognition technology and while revenue grew over 350% in 2018, its losses have widened.Technologyread more
Stocks in Asia fell Monday afternoon following an escalation in the U.S.-China trade war late last week.Asia Marketsread more
The euro rallied against the dollar on Wednesday on reports that Greece had reached an agreement in principle with the European Union to stay in an EU bailout program.
The euro had eased earlier in the day ahead of a euro group finance ministers' meeting that was set to discuss Greece, with failure to find common ground about the country's debt burden set to keep investors edgy and price action choppy.
The dollar, meanwhile, hit a one-month high against the yen, bolstered by a rise in Treasury yields. Trade was thin, though, with Japanese markets closed for a public holiday.
In Europe, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis attends his first meeting of euro zone finance ministers where he will spell out plans to drop his country's bailout and end austerity.
He will seek a "bridge agreement'' to buy time until June fora full settlement. The euro moved higher on Tuesday on optimism that a compromise is likely, which would be more acceptable to markets than Greece exiting the euro zone. Any suggestion of talks breaking down could see a sharp sell-off in the euro.
The euro edged down to $1.1309, and lower against the pound at 74.095 pence, not far from a 7-year low of 74.06 struck in late January. It later reversed on reports that Greece and the EU were closer to a deal.
"Greece is center-stage and the Greeks are likely to present a plan that has met with resistance. So there is a downside risk for the euro and any rallies into $1.1360 will be sold,'' said Jeremy Stretch head of currency strategy at CIBC World Markets.
"Also, we have a bid on the dollar on increased Fed rhetoric about hawkish monetary policy.'' Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, an inflation hawk, said on Tuesday that a June hike was an "attractive option'' while San Francisco Fed President John Williams said economic conditions are "getting closer'' to the point where it made sense to think about starting to normalize policy.
The dollar rose to 120.08 yen, its highest level in a month. Helping the dollar was a rise in the benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yield, which popped above 2 percent on Tuesday for the first time in a month on views the Fed might lift interest rates by mid-2015.
The dollar's near-term moves against the yen are likely to be driven more by Fed rate rise expectations rather than safe-haven buying of the yen, said Jesper Bargmann, head of trading for Nordea Bank in Singapore.
"Having said that, I also think there is a risk that the market may have gone in a little bit early,'' he said, adding that a near-term focus would be whether the dollar manages to finish the week above 119.10 yen.