IMF chief warns US-China trade spat poses threat to world economy

Renewed trade tensions between the worlds two biggest economies, China and the US, are a threat to the global economy, head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde says.

“For us at the IMF its imperative that trade tensions are resolved in a way satisfying for everyone because clearly tensions between the United States and China are the threat to the global economy,” Lagarde told journalists on the sidelines of a conference at Frances Finance Ministry.

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The IMF chief stressed that the latest “rumors and tweets” are not conducive to any agreement. According to Lagarde, its vital for the parties to eliminate the current uncertainty over the issue, and move to “adoption of a clear legal and regulatory framework,” allowing the affected corporations to keep doing business.

The warning comes shortly after the ongoing spat between Beijing and Washington entered a new stage as the US President Donald Trump threatened further tariffs on Chinese imports, citing current stagnation in talks over mutual trade. The measure will include increasing import levies on $200 billion of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent. Trumps comment came ahead of an official visit by a Chinese delegation to Washington scheduled for Wednesday.

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