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EU concerned about 'collateral damage' from U.S.-China spat - commissioner

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By Dominique Patton

(Reuters) - is concerned about collateral damage it may suffer from America's escalating trade spat with China, an EU said as he criticised for breaking a years-long push to force to cut and aluminium exports.

The comments come after imposed hefty tariffs on and aluminium imports in March amid a worldwide glut of both metals that is largely blamed on excess production in

The administration has since granted temporary exemptions to some countries as well as the European Union, but the bloc has demanded a permanent reprieve.

Concerns are also growing that the European market will be flooded with as major producers divert that was destined for the

Speaking on the sidelines of a trade show, Phil Hogan, the agriculture commissioner, urged to continue to work with the bloc to deal with prolonged trade issues with

For years, both regions have accused Chinese producers of unwanted abroad, hurting international companies and adding to oversupply.

"I think the (U.S.) tactics (....) could unnecessarily escalate the trade dispute on steel and aluminium into other areas, which is a source of concern for the European Union," Hogan told

Hogan outlined his concerns in a meeting with U.S. for Agriculture this week in Shanghai, he told a media briefing, as the world's top two economies were set to hold a second round of high-level trade talks.

U.S. Donald Trump's top trade and economic officials are preparing to meet Chinese in Washington to discuss concerns ranging from intellectual property protection to farm goods and

"We know that there's overcapacity and we do have concerns about the Chinese of these particular products, but there's a way of dealing with these issues," he told

In meetings with senior officials this week, Hogan also urged to continue to give access to the EU region's beef, following its approval of Irish imports, and sought clarification on the nation's proposed safety certificates.

European and U.S. governments have worried that proposed rules requiring health certificates for all imports, even if the products are deemed low-risk, would hamper billions of dollars of trade with the world's second-largest

The rules were due to take effect in October last year, but agreed to a two-year postponement to allow companies more time to comply.

Among the Chinese officials Hogan met were Han Changfu, the for agriculture and rural affairs, and

Hogan, whose title is European for agriculture and rural development, is leading a delegation of European food companies in this week as part of the trade show.

(Reporting by Dominique Patton; Writing by Josephine Mason; Editing by & Kim Coghill)

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 16:11 IST