WTO's Azevedo: We want to avoid trade war
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WTO's Roberto Azevedo: We want to avoid a trade war

The Director General of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo has told Stephen Sackur that President Trump's recent moves to impose trade tariffs are "a problem" and "no-one believes this is something minor".

Mr Azevedo said negotiations were on-going. "We want to avoid the war," he said.

President Trump has signed a proclamation authorising tariffs on foreign imports of aluminium and steel and has also said the US would place $60bn (£42.5bn) worth of tariffs on Chinese goods.

You can see the Hardtalk interview in full on Wednesday 28 March on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on BBCiPlayer (UK only)

  • 28 Mar 2018