U.S.’s trade war with China poses ‘largest risk’ to global stability: IMF Lipton

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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Managing Director David Lipton participates in the forum on dealing with booms and busts during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, U.S., April 21, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

March 25, 2019

LISBON (Reuters) – A trade war between the United States and China poses the largest risk to global stability, IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton said on Monday, adding that fiscal stabilization is needed to respond to macroeconomic shocks in Europe.

“Obviously, this is not a matter for Europe alone. The United States needs to get its fiscal house in order as well. U.S.-China trade tensions pose the largest risk to global stability,” Lipton said during a conference in Lisbon.

The ongoing trade war, which started around eight months ago, has affected the flow of billions of dollars of goods between the two countries.

((Reporting by Catarina Demony; Editing by Axel Bugge and Paul Day)

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