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Friday, 09 March 2018 - 14:33
US chided over hefty import tariffs
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Major trading partners of the US have condemned President Donald Trump for signing off new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

China described it as a "serious attack" on the system of international trade.

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said there were "only losers" in a trade war.

US President Trump says the US has suffered from "unfair trade" and that the tariffs will boost US industry.

The import duties - 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium - will go into effect in 15 days, although Canada and Mexico will be exempt while negotiations continue over the North America Free Trade Agreement (Nafta).

Trump signed the declaration in a White House ceremony attended by American workers from both industries.

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