Cameron Tackles Chinese Premier On Steel

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 4:06 AM

A Downing Str source tells Sky News the PM mentioned concerns about over-production of steel to Chinese president Xi Jinping.

Cameron Tackles Chinese Premier On Steel

David Cameron has tackled the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, on steel dumping at a top-level dinner at the White House in Washington.

As a row raged back in the UK over steel tariffs, the Prime Minister urged the Chinese president to keep the issue on the agenda for a G20 summit which China will host in September.

Although senior sources played down suggestions describing Mister Cameron as "confronting" the president, a No. ten insider told Sky News: "In the margins of latest night’s White House dinner, the PM raised concerns with President Xi about the global steel industry.

The PM said we needed to work together to tackle the challenges with over-capacity and that the G20 (which China is hosting this year) would be a excellent forum to address it later in the year."

Asked if Mister Cameron raised concerns at the White House dinner about British work losses from Chinese steel dumping, a senior Government source said: "He highlighted his concerns, yes."

The source added: "He made clear the concerns that we've on the impact this is having on the UK and other countries."

Earlier this week, as the Government faced accusations from Opposition MPs that it was being soft on the Chinese over the dumping of its steel in Europe, George Osborne also raised the threat to Tata’s Harbour Talbot plant at a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Paris. 

The top-level interventions by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor will do little, however, to deflect claims by Labour and Plaid Cymru politicians that the Government has been shambolic in its response to the steel crisis, and that ministers have issued contradictory statements over the past week. 

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