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Movement needed from China in tariff row - Germany

STORY: Germany says it wants "serious movement" from China in a row over electric vehicle tariffs.

Berlin also said Friday (June 14) it hopes talks in the coming weeks can hold off an escalating trade conflict.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz's government is pushing for what it calls an "amicable" solution.

That after the EU threatened to impose anti-subsidy tariffs to shield European automakers from competition.

Germany is Europe's largest economy and carries major weight in the bloc.

Its leading car manufacturers have fiercely opposed the EU tariffs, and fear retaliation could harm their business in the vast Chinese market.

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Economy Minister Robert Habeck travels to China next week.

His ministry said Habeck will not be involved in the tariff negotiations directly.

But they said he will push for fairer trade conditions during meetings with Chinese officials.

Bloomberg News on Friday reported Germany wants to prevent the car tariffs from coming into force or at least soften them.

German officials have not confirmed this.