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"All the six others. said explicitly, and sometimes very directly, to the representatives of the United States administration that it is absolutely necessary to continue with the same spirit of worldwide cooperation", French Finance Minister Michel Sapin told reporters.

The meeting, which will continue into Saturday, is the first Group of Seven (G7) outing for Steven Mnuchin, Trump's Treasury Secretary and a former Goldman Sachs banker tasked with delivering the USA economic agenda.

"People feel a level of comfort in understanding the Trump administration's policies, now that we have had the ability to interact a few times", Mnuchin told reporters Saturday after a two-day summit with G7 finance ministers and central bank chiefs.

A senior finance ministry official added that uncertainties remain over USA policies including monetary policy but the biggest source of uncertainty lies in tax reform.

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The deal would allow USA companies to ship liquefied natural gas to China and tackles a range of long-standing barriers, ending a ban on imports of US beef and moving a step closer to allowing Chinese poultry on American supermarket shelves. "We are very happy on how we are proceeding on trade".

Aso did not clarify whether he was concerned about USA policies.

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The Trump administration is trying to convince countries that its trade policies are created to encourage other countries to drop their barriers to imports and rebalance the global trading system.

At a meeting of the larger Group of 20 finance ministers in Germany in March, ministers dropped their traditional pledge to keep global free trade open, bowing to an increasingly protectionist United States.

Earlier, the finance officials warned that long-term growth could remain subdued and that steps need to be taken to make the global economy work for everyone.

The doubts over trade has seen the gathering in Bari tipped as being the venue for the latest battle of Bari, a fortified port on Italy's southern Adriatic coast that has seen many power tussles over the centuries.

Ministers are also trying to develop a strategy for "inclusive" economic growth-ensuring policies benefit the poor and middle class, and don't exacerbate growing income inequality-to counter a global political backlash against globalization.

Finance ministers and central bank governors from the United States, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Britain met in the Italian city of Bari to discuss the world economy, combating terrorist funding, cyber security and taxes. "The (US) administration is progressively defining its own policy agenda and integrating better the global framework in which they have to move".

Underscoring the cybersecurity threats, G-7 officials pointed to a massive attack that scrambled computer systems in dozens of countries on Friday. "This is a reminder to all of us the importance of cybersecurity".

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