The battle to remove Gordhan and ultimately President Cyril Ramaphosa from office is in full swing, writes Adriaan Basson.
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The text offered for the first time the details of what will be expected in a new chapter of relations between the two largest economies.
The move would be the first tangible sign of de-escalation in a trade dispute that has weighed on the world's largest economies for nearly two years.
US agriculture officials added the fictional African nation and its supposed exports to test their Tariff Tracker, but neglected to remove it.
Some economists say Trump is attempting to pressure Argentina and Brazil to limit their cooperation with China as it buys more of their goods.
China has resisted key US demands including agricultural quotas and efforts to scale back the forced transfer of technology.
Debtors include the national power utilities of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.
The US government blacklisted the Chinese telecoms titan in May, banning US firms from doing business with it.
Apple gained US approval to avoid tariffs on Chinese imports for the upcoming Mac Pro computer, even though President Donald Trump indicated the company's waiver requests would be rejected.
Trade tensions over the last week show "25% is not a ceiling on tariffs" and makes business outlooks less certain, wrote Seth Carpenter of UBS.
US President Trump's comments reflect escalating pressure from American business leaders who fear a recession and another hit to their bottom lines.
The drop from 6.6% growth in 2018 reflected a raft of challenges. China's birth rate and manufacturing investment also dropped to record lows.
The president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says the power utility wanted to exempt itself from the consequences of recent spates of load shedding.
Critics said the tax has disproportionately hit large-scale technology companies that are based in the US.
With the White House more concerned about trade than anything else, China has been able to accomplish other goals with little US interference.
The trade war wiped out billions of dollars in the first half of the year and significantly raised prices for households.
Trade tensions could push the world economy to grow at its slowest pace since the financial crisis a decade ago, the IMF warned Tuesday.
The United States won approval on Wednesday to slap import tariffs on $7.5bn worth of European goods over illegal EU subsidies handed to Airbus, threatening to trigger a tit-for-tat transatlantic trade war as the global economy falters.
China removed tariffs on 16 American exports on Wednesday.
After Trump said he may have second thoughts about the US trade war with China, the White House said he meant he regrets not raising tariffs higher.
Cook and Trump had dinner on Friday night, while the president was at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
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