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Erosion of open market global trading rules will cost all of us: Sunil Mittal

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Amidst the geo-political tension of war, Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, criticised the move to hike tariffs on imports by the and said any adverse change in the open, multilateral trading system would hurt all countries.

"Open markets underpinned by the rules-based multilateral trading system have been a vital of prosperity across the world over the past 50 years. Any erosion of that system will come at quite a cost to us all," Mittal said in a statement here on Tuesday.

"Tariff hikes will inevitably impact small businesses that often rely heavily on imported goods and services. Longstanding US policies, such as the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), have been shown to play a key role in supporting the growth of domestic small businesses and associated job creation," he added.

The US, blaming for intellectual property theft, released a list of 1,300 products that could possibly be imposed with a tariff of 25 per cent -- worth a total of $50 billion -- unless mended it ways. The very next day came up with a list of US imports that could be charged with a 25 percent tariff, again worth approximately $50 billion.

US retaliated the following day saying that the is considering imposition of tariffs on another $100 billion of Chinese imports. In response, China warned on Friday that it was ready with a "fierce counter-strike" of fresh measures if Trump follows through on his threat and that it would fight the US "at any cost".

Mittal further said: "A progressive closing of the world's largest to trade will damage both US and global growth prospects. In an interconnected world, international commerce cannot be governed by zero-sum policy decisions. We encourage the US and all its trading partners to find new ways to resolve ongoing trade tensions through multilateral dialogue -- and without recourse to further tariff increase."

On Tuesday, said is engaged with the US in "working out" issues arising from the the latter's last month protectionist measures of raising duties on and aluminium imports.



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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 13:54 IST