The Association of German Industry (BDI) has called upon the United States government to review its tariffs on Chinese textiles and imported steel.

In an interview with the Berliner Zeitung, BDI chairman Ludolf von Warternberg said protectionist measures by the US were hurting other fragile economies.

"We hope that the US will recognise how they can best help in the currently volatile global economy - by returning to a fair cooperation and to find a solution to the conflicts with the EU," he said.

"It annoys us that in the US there are again clear signs of emerging protectionism due to home affairs."

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has reported that the US Government will repeal most of its 20-month old tariffs on imported steel.

According to the newspaper, the decision was made to avoid foreign retaliation against products exported from politically crucial US states.