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Mexico Replaces China as Top U.S. Trading Partner

Senior economist Luis Torres of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas noted on Tuesday that Mexico has replaced China as the top U.S. trading partner, racking up $263 billion in trade during the first four months of 2023. China had been the top American trading partner since 2014, when it displaced Canada.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JANUARY 09: U.S. President Joe Biden and President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador shake hands during a welcome ceremony as part of the '2023 North American Leaders' Summit at Palacio Nacional on January 09, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. President Lopez Obrador, USA President Joe …

Pete Buttigieg’s List of Lowlights Grows with East Palestine

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has drawn intense criticism for his delayed response to the catastrophic train derailment and subsequent controlled burn of chemicals in East Palestine, Ohio, last month, marking the latest in a number of lowlights during his time in the Biden administration.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023, near the site of the Feb. 3 Norfolk Southern train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. (AP Photo/Matt Freed)

China Gloats F-35 Waiver Exposes U.S. ‘Dependence on Chinese Rare-Earth Products’

China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday gloated that a waiver from the U.S. government to take delivery on F-35 fighter jets exposed America’s “dependence on Chinese rare-earth products” and demonstrated that China can bring the U.S. military to heel whenever it wishes by choosing to “limit the export of such strategic resources to safeguard its national security.”


Lockdown Fatigue: Chinese Companies Moving Supply Chains out of China

The Chinese technology company Xiaomi announced the delivery of its first made-in-Vietnam phone handsets this week, the South China Morning Post revealed on Thursday, the latest Chinese company to move manufacturing power out of its home country in light of the Communist Party’s seemingly endless Chinese coronavirus lockdowns.

This photo taken on April 5, 2022 shows people wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as they transfer daily food supplies and necessities for local residents during the Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai. - China OUT (Photo by AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

China Claims Widespread Lockdowns Will Help Global Economy

China’s state-run Global Times on Thursday claimed outsiders misunderstand Beijing’s increasingly bizarre “dynamic zero-Covid” strategy, and fail to appreciate how China is somehow saving the global economy tomorrow by brutally locking down cities, shuttering factories, and snarling supply chains today.

A woman crosses a nearly empty road in the Central Business District days after the local government issued a work from home directive in an effort to contain a COVID-19 outbreak on May 12, 2022 in Beijing, China. China is trying to contain a spike in coronavirus cases in the …