Trade War

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September, the lowest level in nearly five decades, even though employers appeared to turn more cautious and slowed their hiring.

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A continuing dispute between South Korea and Japan has moved from politics and history to business.

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BEIJING — China's trade with the United States is falling as the two sides prepare for negotiations with no signs of progress toward ending a tariff war that threatens global economic growth.

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President Trump helped send stock markets sharply lower on Friday when he called on U.S. companies to consider alternatives to doing business in China. But unwinding the regional supply chain is not a simple matter.

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Recently released data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority shows that Chinese visitor arrivals dropped 25 percent in the first half of 2019. It was a on a downward trend before President Trump’s trade war.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. employers slowed their hiring in July but still added a solid 164,000 jobs to an economy that appears poised to extend its decade-long expansion.

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US-China Tariffs; TMT Debrief; Military Housing in Flux; Malama Mentors; AARP Phone Smarts

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As the U.S. and China continue talking about trade, some U.S. companies may not wait for the results to take actions of their own. According to a report from Japan, Apple is looking at revising its supply chain.

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A 25 percent tariff on Chinese-made steel poses “a tremendous challenge” for Maui Brewing Company, according to co-founder and owner Garrett Marrero. Uncertainty surrounding the tariffs has led Hawaii’s largest craft brewer to postpone major capital purchases needed to continue the company’s growth.

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President Trump is in Europe this week, but on the policy front it’s been another week of trade talk about China. His administration has listed another 200-billion dollars of Chinese goods that could be subject to tariffs. So far, most of this dispute has not directly touched Hawaii—but that could change.