The US-China trade war poses the biggest risk to global stability and fiscal stabilisation is needed to respond to economic shocks in Europe, IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton said on Monday.
“Obviously, this is not a matter for Europe alone. The United States needs to get its fiscal house in order as well. US-China trade tensions pose the largest risk to global stability,” Lipton said during a conference in Lisbon.
The trade dispute, which began some eight months ago, has affected the flow of billions of dollars of goods between the biggest and second biggest economies in the world.
Lipton said he believed fiscal-stabilisation capacity must be at the heart of risk reduction in Europe.
“In its absence, the euro area will remain over-reliant on monetary policy for stabilisation and too much of the burden of crisis response will fall on individual countries, with their ability to respond depending on each country's fiscal space.”