Buenos Aires — The US sought to woo Europe and Japan with free trade deals on Saturday to gain leverage in an escalating tariff war with China but its overtures faced stiff resistance from France at a Group of 20 (G-20) finance ministers meeting dominated by trade tension. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters at the gathering of the financial leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies in Buenos Aires that he was renewing President Donald Trump’s proposal that Group of Seven allies drop trade barriers between them. "If Europe believes in free trade, we’re ready to sign a free trade agreement," Mnuchin said, adding that such a deal would require the elimination of tariffs, nontariff barriers and subsidies. "It has to be all three issues." Trump has angered European allies by imposing import tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminium, causing the EU to retaliate with similar amounts of tariffs on products such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Trump, who frequently crit...

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