International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a news conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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Governments must take care, even when there are disagreements, to avoid harming trade and investment which have been key drivers of the global economic recovery, IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Thursday.Amid concerns that escalating trade tensions between the United States and China could reverberate through the world economy, Lagarde urged the sides to resolve their disputes through dialogue.Lagarde said finance officials from member governments this week during the Washington meetings would discuss the trade disputes that she said threatened to hurt economies that are interconnected by global supply chains.In its World Economic Outlook this week, the IMF listed the trade tensions as a key downside risk to the global recovery and warned that it could harm the poorest the most through rising prices.
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