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U.S. Squeezes Steel Concessions From G-20 Amid Tariff Threat

  • Trump officials secure stronger language on steel overcapacity
  • Trump administration can still impose tariffs if deemed needed
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Group of 20 leaders agreed to address growing overcapacity and rock-bottom prices in global steel markets, bowing to pressure from the Trump administration after it threatened to impose punitive tariffs on its allies.

In talks that stretched into the early hours of Saturday, U.S. officials managed to get language inserted into the communique that sets deadlines for G-20 members to address excess steel production, according to a leaked copy of the text. Countries like China will also have to be more transparent about how they subsidize domestic producers. In return, the U.S. agreed to boilerplate language reiterating the G-20’s commitment to fight protectionism.