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France’s finance minister said he doesn’t want the European unx to become the latest front in the global trade war, but that the bloc would hit the U.S. with sanctions if a settlement isn’t reached in a long-running dispute over aircraft aid.

法国财政部长称他不希望欧盟成为全球贸易战的新前线,但是如果双方就争议已久的飞机补助无法达成协议的话,那么欧盟就会制裁美国。

“We are all aware of the dramatic consequences of this trade war between China and the U.S. on the level of growth,’’ minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters in Luxembourg on Thursday. “Do we really want to add a trade war between the U.S. and Europe to the Chinese and American trade war?’’

“我们知道中美贸易战对经济成长所产生的巨大影响,”法国财政部长说。“难道在中美贸易战之外,我们还要打一场欧美贸易战吗?”

The World Trade Organization gave the U.S. the go-ahead as soon as this month to impose tariffs on about $7.5 billion of European exports annually in retaliation for illegal government aid to Airbus SE. The EU has said that it will retaliate against any Airbus-lixed tariffs when the WTO rules early next year on a similar dispute over subsidies the U.S. supplied to Boeing Co.

WTO允许美国本月就对每年75亿美元的欧洲商品实施关税以报复欧盟对空客所进行的非法补助。欧盟说在明年年初WTO就美国对波音公司补贴的类似争议做出裁决后,欧盟就会对任何空客相关的关税做出报复。

And while the EU’s top trade negotiator, Cecilia Malmstrom, said she’s hopeful a settlement can be reached that would avoid a tit-for-tat tariff escalation, the bloc has already published a preliminary list of U.S. goods -- from ketchup to video-game consoles -- being targeted in a $12 billion plan for retaliatory levies related to the Boeing case.

虽然欧盟的高级贸易谈判代表称希望可以达成协议以避免以牙还牙的关税恶化,但是欧盟已经公布了一个美国商品名单,从番茄酱和视频游戏机,总额120亿美元,在波音案件裁决后就会实施关税报复。

“I’m still in favor of a settlement,’’ Le Maire said. “But the American administration must be aware that if there is not a settlement, Europe will not have any other choice but to retaliate and to put sanctions.’’

“我还是希望能够达成协议,”法国部长称。“但是美国政府必须意识到如果无法达成协议,欧洲别无选择就只能报复实施制裁。

“It’s not in the interest of Europe to enter into a trade war with the U.S. and I strongly believe too that it’s not in the interest of the U.S.,’’ he said.

“与美国进行贸易战并不符合欧洲利益,我也相信这不符合美国利益,”他说。