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China trade sur­plus with US widens to record $34.1B

BEI­JING — China’s trade sur­plus with the United States widened to a record $34.1 bil­lion in Septem­ber as ex­ports to the Amer­i­can mar­ket rose by 13 per­cent over a year ear­lier de­spite a wors­en­ing tar­iff war.

Ex­ports to the United States rose to $46.7 bil­lion, down from Au­gust’s 13.4 per­cent growth, cus­toms data showed Fri­day. Im­ports of U.S. goods rose 9 per­cent to $12.6 bil­lion, down from 11.1 per­cent.

Chi­nese ex­ports to the United States have stayed rel­a­tively strong de­spite be­ing hit by puni­tive tar­iffs of up to 25 per­cent in a fight over Amer­i­can com­plaints about Bei­jing’s tech­nol­ogy pol­icy.

“Ex­ports con­tin­ued to defy U.S. tar­iffs last month but im­ports strug­gled in the face of cool­ing do­mes­tic de­mand,” said Ju­lian Evans-Pritchard of Cap­i­tal Eco­nomics in a re­port. “We ex­pect both to soften in the com­ing quar­ters.”

Septem­ber marked the sec­ond straight month the Chi­nese trade sur­plus with the United States set a record.

APNewsBreak: Army ex­pelled 500 im­mi­grant re­cruits in 1 year

Over the course of 12 months, the U.S. Army dis­charged more than 500 im­mi­grant en­lis­tees who were re­cruited across the globe for their lan­guage or med­i­cal skills and promised a fast track to ci­ti­zen­ship in ex­change for their ser­vice, The As­so­ci­ated Press has found.

The decade-old Mil­i­tary Ac­ces­sions Vi­tal to the Na­tional In­ter­est re­cruit­ing pro­gram was put on hold in 2016 amid con­cerns that im­mi­grant re­cruits were not be­ing screened suf­fi­ciently. The Army be­gan boot­ing out those en­lis­tees last year with­out ex­pla­na­tion.

The AP has in­ter­viewed more than a dozen re­cruits from coun­tries such as Brazil, Pak­istan, Iran, China and Mon­go­lia who all said they were dev­as­tated by their un­ex­pected dis­charges or can­celed con­tracts.

Un­til now, it’s been un­clear how many were dis­charged and for what rea­son be­cause the Army has re­fused to dis­cuss spe­cific cases. But the Army’s own list, sub­mit­ted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last month, says 502 ser­vice mem­bers who en­listed un­der MAVNI were dis­charged be­tween July 2017 and July 2018.

The list, which was un­sealed this week af­ter a re­quest from the AP, of­fers “refuse to en­list” as the rea­son for ex­pelling twothirds of the re­cruits. That is the rea­son given for 35 per­cent of en­lis­tee dis­charges Army-wide, ac­cord­ing to a re­search study posted on a De­fense De­part­ment web­site.

Fox News cut­ting back on Trump rally cov­er­age

NEW YORK — Fox News Chan­nel has re­cently pulled back from air­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s cam­paign-style ral­lies dur­ing prime time, a move that could put a crimp in Repub­li­can ef­forts to reach vot­ers in the weeks be­fore midterm elec­tions.

Dur­ing much of the late sum­mer, Fox would pre-empt its lu­cra­tive nightly lineup of Tucker Carl­son, Sean Han­nity and Laura In­gra­ham in or­der to air the ral­lies. None of its ri­vals did so. It was an im­por­tant plat­form for the pres­i­dent and his sup­port­ers, since Fox’s opin­ion­ated hosts are gen­er­ally their first choice for po­lit­i­cal cov­er­age.

With­out live cov­er­age of his rally on Wed­nes­day, the pres­i­dent found other ways to reach Fox’s au­di­ence. He had a phone in­ter­view with Fox’s Shan­non Bream on Wed­nes­day night and called into the morn­ing “Fox & Friends” show on Thurs­day.

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