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International relations

Trump tariffs complicate commerce

With protectionist measures coming, Asian companies face trickier trade rules

| North America
U.S. President Donald Trump discusses trade issues with members of Congress at the White House on Feb. 13.

With U.S. President Donald Trump planning steel and aluminium import tariffs, the trade conflicts between America and its partners, not least China, look to be getting serious.

However, while some protectionist measures are coming, companies would be wrong to prepare for a protectionist world, despite the resignation this week of Gary Cohn, Trump's pro-trade top economic adviser.

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