Donald Trump has signed the hefty new tariffs into law flanked by metalworkers. He said he was stopping what he called "an assault" on the US.
Japan's economy grew more than expected in the second quarter, helped by strong household and business spending and a recovery from an earlier contraction. But global trade tensions loom as a major risk to the outlook.
The ministers agreed to eschew protectionism in favor of global trade. Germany hailed the talks' "breakthroughs for agricultural, the climate, and the consumer."
At a finance ministers' summit, the group issued a statement calling for dialogue over economy-killing trade disputes. The US reportedly tried to woo the EU and Japan for leverage over China.
The EU has slammed US President Donald Trump's plans to raise tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported cars. 'A solution in search of a problem' is how EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom put it.
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