US President Donald Trump has been taking a more measured approach than other hawks in his cabinet, and it might be paying off.
Trade talks between the US and China end without a deal, but negotiators from both sides say they held "constructive" talks that went "fairly well" after the US raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods and Beijing promised to retaliate.
After the Trump administration has already missed an initial April 10 deadline for providing the tax records, US congressional Democrats set a new hard deadline of April 23 for the federal tax agency to hand the documents over to lawmakers.
The unprecedented move is likely to set off a huge legal battle between Democrats controlling the House and the Trump administration.
As US seeks to tackle Chinese technological espionage it does so forgetting its own poaching and rise to global power.
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expected to resume talks in Beijing with China's top economic official Liu He, the first since China put into law new measures seen as an olive branch in their stand-off.
Top officials from the world's two biggest economies held two days of talks, hoping to at least create sufficient goodwill to stave off an escalation of their tariff war. The talks ended without any signs of specific progress.
Venezuela's self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaido, ordered Congress to change leadership at the state oil company PDVSA, following US sanctions on the oil sector.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the nine firms and people being added to the US blacklist are "critical actors" in a scheme to support Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad. Officials in Moscow dismiss the sanctions as illegal.
The talks were aimed at forestalling momentum towards the looming trade war between the world's two largest economies.
The US imposes sanctions on a Chinese person, 13 entities including four Chinese trading companies, and 20 vessels to pressure North Korea over its nuclear weapons and missiles programs.
In an interview with Reuters, the US president flirted with a nuclear arms race, called China "grand champion" of currency manipulation, and said Israel and Palestine should have the final say on their future.
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