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China steams past U.S., France to be Germany's biggest trading partner

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BERLIN China for the first time became Germany's most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday.

UPDATE 2-China steams past U.S., France to be Germany's biggest trading partner

* German exporters more optimistic, Ifo head says (Adds economy ministry, BGA on reason for trade shift, Ifo on rising export expectations)

Feb 24 2017

China overtakes U.S., France as Germany's most important trading partner

BERLIN, Feb 24 China for the first time became Germany's most important trading partner in 2016, overtaking the United States, which fell back to third place behind France, data showed on Friday.

Feb 23 2017

Kremlin says not in talks with U.S. on timing of Putin-Trump meeting

MOSCOW Moscow and Washington are not currently holding talks on possible dates for a first meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday.

Feb 22 2017

S.Korea finmin says will seek meeting with U.S. Treasury chief

SEOUL, Feb 22 South Korea's finance minister said on Wednesday he will seek a meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, during the upcoming Group of 20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors.

Markets, Currencies, Bonds Feb 21 2017

U.S. Treasury chief tells IMF he expects 'frank and candid' forex analysis

WASHINGTON U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Tuesday that he expects the IMF to provide "frank and candid" analysis of exchange rate policies, a Treasury spokesperson said.

Feb 21 2017

UPDATE 2-U.S. Treasury chief tells IMF he expects 'frank and candid' forex analysis

WASHINGTON, Feb 21 U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde on Tuesday that he expects the IMF to provide "frank and candid" analysis of exchange rate policies, a Treasury spokesperson said.

Currencies, Bonds, Markets Feb 21 2017

Britain urged to mind the gap on promises over boosting women's pay

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain will fail to close the pay gap between men and women within a generation as promised without more flexible working, paternal leave, and encouraging women aged over 40 back to work, a parliamentary committee said on Tuesday.

Feb 20 2017

Trump's team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells Europe

MUNICH, Germany Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in "disarray". | Video

China tells Japan 'negative' moves prevent improvement in ties

BEIJING China has told Japan that "negative" moves by Tokyo on major issues are preventing an improvement in bilateral ties, but there are now opportunities to improve China-Japan relations.

World, China, Japan Feb 17 2017

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Global GDP comparison

A graphical look at the world's top economies by size and per-capita production.  Interactive