Jun 3, 2018

China warns U.S. sanctions will jeopardize trade talks

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross attend a trade meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Beijing Sunday. Photo: Andy Wong/AFP/Getty Images

China forewarned the Trump administration on Sunday that any trade deals currently being discussed will not go into effect should the U.S. implement proposed tariffs on Chinese goods, according to a statement published by the official Xinhua News Agency.

The backdrop: The warning came after a U.S. delegation, led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, held talks with Chinese officials in Beijing on Saturday and Sunday. The latest, sprawling discussion over trade disputes between both countries ended with neither a joint statement and nor did they released any details, per the AP. The White House had casted doubt on trade talks when it renewed a threat on Tuesday to impose 25% tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese technology this month.

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George Zimmerman sues Buttigieg and Warren for $265M

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George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Fla., seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.