EU's Tusk urges Trump to restart TTIP talks

Billionaire Woody Johnson was appointed ambassador to the UK last August

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has an array of measures, including tariffs, to prevent the world's producers of cheap steel from using Canada as a back door to slip the metal into the United States.

Washington, Mar 13 US President Donald Trump is now seeking to impose steep tariff on import of a number of Chinese products in retaliation to the alleged theft of intellectual property by China, a media report said Tuesday. But he exempted Canada and Mexico and held out the possibility of excluding other allies.

After meetings with USA trade envoy Robert Lighthizer inBrussels, EU and Japanese trade officials said negotiations would need to continue. Talks would continue next week. That war has been raging for decades and we've been losing. Premier Li Keqiang said last week China aims to expand its economy by around 6.5 per cent this year, the same target that it handily beat in 2017 thanks in part to massive government infrastructure spending and record bank lending.

"We are in contact with the USA counterpart to obtain more clarity as soon as possible and we have been told that the USTR will publish very soon on their website a more detailed outline of the procedures for the exclusions", she said. Turnbull also said he would not join any moves by the European Union to bring a complaint to the World Trade Organisation over the tariffs.

"He only explained the schedule and the procedures", he said. "We don't comment on internal meetings, but no final decisions have been made on content or timing", said a White House official.

China's industrial output grew more strongly than expected at the start of the year, suggesting the economy has sustained solid momentum even as U.S. Seko also said these exports had made key contributions to USA industries and jobs, the statement said without elaborating.

The White House is reportedly still drawing up the legal paperwork for an executive order that would bring the tariffs into effect.

Asked again about Trump's approach, if the tariffs are a negotiating tactic by Trump, Trudeau again moved past the potential threat.

Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen warned Washington on Friday not to expect any concessions to win an exemption. "Make trade not war, Mr President", he said. "We are talking about unilateral action against worldwide rules".

Trump has railed against major global trading partners, most recently by imposing a tariff on steel and aluminum exports, but granted an exemption to Canada and Mexico as the three countries approach a reorganization of NAFTA, the trade agreement Trump has threatened to tear up.

The EU is also maintaining a threat of counter-measures that would target United States imports ranging from maize to motorcycles, and may publish its list next week to allow industry and other interested parties to give their input.

Under World Trade Organisation rules, such counter-measures have to be in place within 90 days of the U.S. tariffs entering force.

Trudeau said the national security argument the USA has made when it comes to considering tariffs for Canadian steel and aluminum makes no sense - a refrain he's hammered in recent weeks.

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