EU says US-Chinese trade tariffs "bad for world trade"

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By Daniel Bellamy  with Reuters
EU says US-Chinese trade tariffs "bad for world trade"

After their tit-for-tat trade tariffs came into effect on Friday China accused the US of triggering the "largest-scale trade war."

But the EU gave a more muted reaction.

Trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom tweeted that it's a worrying development and bad for world trade.

And France's foreign minister backed away from labelling it a trade war.

"We have to talk this through, we have to discuss this. There is a place to do it, which is the World Trade Organisation, and today Trump breaks away from this logic. It's a dangerous game. This is not yet a trade war but it looks a lot like it," Jean-Yves Le Drian said.

Many analysts fear the global economy will now suffer somewhat, the question is by how much.

The WTO's Director General Roberto Azevedo said in a statement on Friday that "this continued escalation poses a serious threat to growth and recovery in all countries."