China, U.S. trying to break stalemate ahead of G-20 summit
BEIJING — Chinese and U.S. trade negotiators are discussing ways to resolve disputes ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit in Japan later this week, a Chinese official said Monday.
The sides were seeking to “consolidate the important consensus reached between the two leaders” in a telephone call last week, Wang Shouwen, a Commerce Ministry vice minister, told reporters. Wang gave no details about specific issues under discussion.
This week’s G-20 meeting in Osaka is the first opportunity Trump and Xi have had to thrash out the trade dispute face-to-face since Trump said he was preparing to target the $300 billion in Chinese imports that he hasn’t already hit with tariffs, extending them to everything China ships to the United States.
Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports, and China has retaliated with tariffs on U.S. goods.
The two sides are in a stalemate after 11 rounds of talks that have failed to overcome U.S. concerns over China’s acquisition of American technology and its massive trade surplus. China denies forcing U.S. companies to hand over trade secrets. — AP
MK Meats to open new facility in Unadilla, Nebraska
MK Meats, a locally owned custom meat processing plant and retail butcher shop in Unadilla, Nebraska, plans a new 6,000-square-feet facility.
The facility doubles the size of the existing meat-processing plant. The facility will open for business in July.
Owners Tom and Joni Hruby purchased MK Meats in 1995, and Tom Hruby said the shop has been turning business away and needed to expand.
MK Meats currently employs four full-time people (including the Hrubys) and has seven part-time positions. When the new facility opens, MK Meats will add two more full-time and up to two part-time positions. The long-term plan is to hire two more full-time employees sometime in the next two years.
MK Meats says the new facility has a customized ozone sanitation system, which is a foaming system that sanitizes the equipment and rooms used for processing. — From staff reports