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Seven days: 29 March 2018

Seven days: 29 March 2018

Trade war fears

Concerns about the growing threat of a global trade war derailing the improving economic environment worldwide have been a significant factor in the recent decline in investor sentiment. Following on from President Trump’s recent move to apply tariffs on steel imports to the US, last week he threatened further action, citing the mountainous $375bn (£265bn) trade deficit between the US and China last year as a reason to attempt to slow the seeming one-way flow of Sino-US trade. Earlier this week China was said to be scrambling to put together a concerted reaction to avert the risk of further tariffs, including accelerating proposals to allow overseas companies to take controlling stakes in Chinese financial services companies and reducing tariffs on cars imported to China.

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