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WEEK IN REVIEW: Chinese Imports Fell for Second Consecutive Month in April

FREDERIC BROWN / AFP

Chinese imports fell for a second consecutive month in April, dipping 8% compared to the same time last year in what is potentially a worrisome trend for Global South commodity producers. Chinese exports, however, increased last month by almost 9%, according to new customs data. (REUTERS)

Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining robust ties with China despite worsening territorial disputes and closer security cooperation with the U.S. “Disengagement is really not an option,” he told an audience in Washington, D.C. before returning home this weekend. (PHILIPPINE STAR)

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