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China’s Xi outlines plans for wide co-operation in trade plan

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed ambitious hopes Monday for Asian and European governments to work closely on finance, law enforcement and a broad range of other issues under a Beijing-led trade initiative as leaders of 30 countries ended a meeting to promote the effort.

French’s ketchup will be bottled in Canada soon

TORONTO — An Ontario facility will start producing French’s ketchup early next month as condiment companies continue to battle for Canadian dollars with displays of national pride.

Select Food Products Ltd. will produce all of the company’s ketchup sold in Canada at its North York plant.

Previously some French’s ketchup sold in Canada was manufactured in the United States.

GM halts operations in Venezuela after factory is seized

DETROIT — General Motors has stopped doing business in Venezuela after authorities took control of a factory in what GM called an illegal judicial seizure of its assets.

The plant was confiscated on Wednesday as anti-government protesters clashed with authorities in a country that is roiling in economic troubles such as food shortages and triple-digit inflation.