PARIS : US-CHINA tensions rise. The OECD on Tuesday cuts its forecast for the world economy, urging governments to resolve their trade disputes as the latest flare-up in the US-China trade war threatens to crimp global growth.

''Governments must act urgently to reinvigorate growth that benefits all'' the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said as it pared back its forecast for global growth to 3.2 percent this year from 3.3 percent earlier.

''Resolve trade disputes through increased international cooperation while fixing the international  rule-based system,'' said the OECD, a Paris-based forum that advises the world's advanced economy.

''Invest in infrastructure,  digital transformation and skills to meet tomorrow's challenges. In the  euro-area, combine structural with fiscal policies to stimulate activity.''

The OECD's updated forecasts did not take directly into account the latest flare-up in the long-running trade war between Washington and Beijing, ''insofar that there is still a great deal of uncertainty about the length of time [tariffs] will remain in place and the future evolution of the trade relationship between the two countries,'' an OECD source told AFP.

Nevertheless, the projection did ''incorporate'' the increased uncertainty generated by the trade tensions, the source said.

As both Washington and Beijing slap trade tariffs on more and more of each other's goods, President Donald Trump has barred US companies from engaging in telecommunications trade with foreign companies said to threaten American National security.

US Internet giant Google, whose Android mobile operating system powers most of the world's  smartphones, then announced that it was beginning to cut ties with China's Huawei, which Washington considers a national security threat.

OECD secretary general Angel Gurria told a news conference it was imperative that Washington and Beijing bury their differences.

''There is an urgent need that we sit around a multilateral table and that we create the conditions that will allow trade to continue to to underpin global growth and global well-being,'' he said. [AFP]


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