By  on July 22, 2008

GENEVA — Talks among ministers from 35 key trading nations started in a heated atmosphere Monday. The European Union and the U.S. signaled that a breakthrough global trade deal can only be reached if major emerging countries make more liberal offers to open their markets to industrial goods, including textiles.

But emerging nations led by Brazil, China and India countered that rich nations needed to come forward with more ambitious offers to slash trade-distorting agriculture subsidies and tariffs, and lower other barriers to industrial products.

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