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The U.S. and China: It’s complicated

Damian Paletta on the new tariffs President Trump wants to impose on China. Griff Witte on how Germany’s apprenticeship programs help refugees. Plus, Michael Kranish on America’s first black sports hero.
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President Trump threatens to impose new tariffs on China
Just as Chinese negotiators were expected to arrive in Washington for trade talks this week, President Trump threatened to raise tariffs, reigniting his trade war with China. By saying he will increase tariffs on Chinese imports by the end of this week, Trump unexpectedly set a new deadline to produce a comprehensive deal.

Damian Paletta is The Post’s economic policy reporter, and he says that contrary to Trump’s beliefs, U.S. consumers will end up paying for these tariffs.

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Germany’s new labor force
After spending billions of euros to accommodate the influx of refugees, Germany is beginning to reap the gains.

With roots in medieval times, the country’s apprenticeship system is a fixture of its economy. But most of the people taking advantage of it today aren’t native Germans — they’re the newcomers.

Griff Witte is The Post’s Berlin bureau chief, and he says one of the main reasons that German companies are welcoming refugees is because they can't get Germans to participate in vocational training programs anymore.

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The little-known story of Major Taylor
1896 was a time when bicycling was the nation’s most popular sport, and bicycling contests were extraordinary events that were typically restricted to white men.
One participant, however, was black. And his name was Major Taylor.

Michael Kranish has a new book about Taylor, who became a world champion during the Jim Crow era of 1890s.

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