Singapore's Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan (L) shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi before their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing on April 8, 2018. / AFP / POOL / Parker Song
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The U.N. secretary-general and the Singaporean foreign minister voiced concerns about global trade tensions and rising protectionism during back-to-back meetings in Beijing on Sunday.Following remarks from his Chinese counterpart, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan vowed to "double-down" on free trade and economic liberalization in tandem with China.The comments came as China and the U.S. exchanged escalating tariff threats in what is already shaping up to be the biggest trade battle for more than a half century.The U.S. bought more than $500 billion in goods from China last year and now is planning or considering penalties on some $150 billion of those imports.
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