June 1, 2018 / 11:41 PM / in a year

More difficult to deal with China trade issues after U.S. tariffs move - EU

United States Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin listens during a meeting at the G7 Finance Ministers Summit in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, June 1, 2018. REUTERS/Ben Nelms

WHISTLER, British Columbia (Reuters) - The United States is making trade concerns related to China more difficult to deal with when Washington ignores World Trade Organisation rules in the case of steel and aluminium tariffs, a senior European Union official said on Friday.

The U.S. has bypassed WTO procedures and imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminium from Friday, hitting Canada, Mexico and the European Union, even though the steel and aluminium over-capacity stems mainly from China.

Washington cited national security reasons for the tariffs.

Reporting by Jan Strupczewski, editing by G Crosse

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