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Stocks slip, yen rises as U.S. raises stakes in trade conflict

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By Shinichi Saoshiro

(Reuters) - Asian stocks retreated and perceived safe havens such as the yen and U.S. Treasuries rose on Wednesday after the said it would impose tariffs on an extra 200 billion worth of Chinese imports, sharply escalating the trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

decided to impose the extra tariffs after efforts to negotiate a solution to the dispute failed to reach an agreement, senior administration officials said on Tuesday.

The had just imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods on Friday, drawing immediate retaliatory duties from on U.S. imports in the first shots of a heated trade war. U.S. had warned then that his country may ultimately impose tariffs on more than $500 billion worth of Chinese imports.

MSCI's broadest index of shares outside <.MIAPJ0000PUS> fell 0.4 percent. The index had gained for the past two sessions, having enjoyed a lull from the trade war fears that lashed global markets last week.

South Korea's <.KS11> lost 1 percent and Japan's Nikkei fell 1.2 percent <.N225>.

and Dow futures were down 0.8 percent and 0.95 percent , respectively, pointing to a lower open for Wall Street later in the day.

"The markets still remain sensitive to the trade-related theme, which is something investors have to take into account for the long term," said Yoshinori Shigemi, at in

"At the same time, the trade dispute can easily be blamed for a variety of ills. But it could mask over factors that could also weigh on equities in the longer run, such as tighter monetary policies led by the "

The yen, often sought in times of political tensions and market turmoil, gained against a number of peers.

The dollar was down 0.1 percent at 110.88 yen , pulled back from a near two-month peak of 111.355.

The euro fell 0.25 percent to 130.11 yen and the Australian dollar lost 0.7 percent to 82.24 yen .

The Aussie, considered a liquid proxy for China-related trades, fell 0.5 percent against the dollar to $0.7422 .

The 10-year Treasury note yield fell roughly 4 basis points to 2.8345 percent, pulling back from the previous day's peak of 2.875 percent.

Brent crude futures lost 0.57 percent to $78.41 a barrel. Oil had risen the previous day, supported by a larger-than expected U.S. stock draw and supply concerns in and [O/R]

(Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 06:25 IST