More countries are opposing US President Donald Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum. Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hiroshige Seko reiterated on Tuesday that Japanese steel and aluminum exports are not affecting America's national security but are helping America's economy. He declined to comment on possible retaliation. A government source said any steps Japan does take in response to US tariffs would be consistent with rules of the World Trade Organisation. The European Union on Monday threatened to take retaliatory action. The EU said US Levi's jeans and bourbon could be hit with a 25 percent import tax. Harley-Davidson motorcycles are also on a draft list of American goods to be taxed. Meanwhile, Brazil filed a protest Monday with the WTO against the US tariffs plan on steel imports and urged the White House to reconsider its decision.

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CGTN America 16 Dec 2018 00:45 CET