June 19, 2018 / 2:06 AM / 10 months ago

Ex-Japan Asian shares hit four-month low as Sino-U.S. trade tensions escalate

FILE PHOTO: Shipping containers, including one labelled "China Shipping," are stacked at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., May 9, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) - MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS hit its lowest levels since February on Tuesday, falling almost one percent amid an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods, fuelling a tit-for-tat trade war with Beijing.

Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Eric Meijer

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