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Divided G20 admits worsening trade wars pose risk to world economy

As a compromise pushed by Washington, the statement omitted language from a previous draft that mentioned a "pressing need to resolve trade tensions"

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Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso chats with IMF MD Christine Lagarde in Fukuoka
Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso chats with IMF MD Christine Lagarde in Fukuoka

The world’s top financial policymakers admitted on Sunday that trade tensions had worsened and posed a risk for the global economy, after a meeting that laid bare differences between the United States and other nations.

Following 30 hours of wrangling in what one official described as a “tense” atmosphere, and central bank chiefs produced a hard-fought final statement acknowledging that “growth remains low and risks remain tilted to the downside.” “Most importantly, trade and geopolitical tensions have intensified,” the said, adding they “stood ready to take further action” if required.

As a compromise pushed by Washington, the statement omitted language from a previous draft that mentioned a “pressing need to resolve trade tensions.” The statement capped two days of talks in the western Japanese port city of that also tackled the thorny issue of taxing internet giants and, for the first time, the economic challenges posed by ageing.

First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 00:42 IST
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