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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.

法國財政部長稱他不希望歐盟成為全球貿易戰的新前線,但是如果雙方就爭議已久的飛機補助無法達成協議的話,那么歐盟就會制裁美國。

“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?’’

“我們知道中美貿易戰對經濟成長所產生的巨大影響,”法國財政部長說。“難道在中美貿易戰之外,我們還要打一場歐美貿易戰嗎?”

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允許美國本月就對每年75億美元的歐洲商品實施關稅以報復歐盟對空客所進行的非法補助。歐盟說在明年年初WTO就美國對波音公司補貼的類似爭議做出裁決后,歐盟就會對任何空客相關的關稅做出報復。

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.

雖然歐盟的高級貿易談判代表稱希望可以達成協議以避免以牙還牙的關稅惡化,但是歐盟已經公布了一個美國商品名單,從番茄醬和視頻游戲機,總額120億美元,在波音案件裁決后就會實施關稅報復。

“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.’’

“我還是希望能夠達成協議,”法國部長稱。“但是美國政府必須意識到如果無法達成協議,歐洲別無選擇就只能報復實施制裁。

“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.

“與美國進行貿易戰并不符合歐洲利益,我也相信這不符合美國利益,”他說。