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Don't be emotional in trade, China tells US

CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG
CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG

Premier Li urges rational action amid fears that US tariffs on metals will spark trade war

There will be no winner if a trade war breaks out between China and the US, said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang yesterday, urging Washington not to act "emotionally".

Using "war" in the context of trade goes against its basic rules, which are based on negotiation, consultation and dialogue, Mr Li told reporters after the end of the annual parliamentary session. "I hope both countries will act rationally instead of being led by emotions, and avoid a trade war."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2018, with the headline 'Don't be emotional in trade, China tells US'. Print Edition | Subscribe