* Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh
* Dollar hovers near 6-week high
* Euro, sterling marginally weaker versus greenback
By Vatsal Srivastava
SINGAPORE, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The dollar rose against most other currencies on Monday, holding near a six-week high as fresh worries about U.S.-Sino trade tensions and global growth drove appetite for safe-haven assets.
"U.S.-China talks are the big focus for the week and the dollar strength is indicative of the cautious market sentiment right now owing to its safe-haven status," said Nick Twidale, chief operating officer at Rakuten Securities.
"The Aussie dollar and the euro are at vulnerable levels right now and further dampening in risk sentiment can lead to further downside in these currencies."
U.S. negotiators will this week press China on longstanding demands that it reform how it treats U.S. companies' intellectual property in order to seal a trade deal that could prevent tariffs from rising on Chinese imports. dollar gained 0.1 percent versus the yen JPY= to 109.82. However, traders expect moves in dollar/yen to be small on Monday as Japanese markets remain shut for a public holiday.
Trade tensions between the world's two largest economies have been a major driver of global investor sentiment over the past year. Market confidence took a hit last week when U.S. President Donald Trump said he did not plan to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a March 1 deadline set by the two countries to achieve a trade deal. has vowed to increase U.S. tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent currently if the two sides cannot reach a deal by March 2.
The strength in the dollar has come despite the Federal Reserve taking a dovish stance at its last policy meeting in January. For now, investors are piling into the safety of the greenback due to fears of a sharp global economic slowdown.
The euro EUR= came under pressure as core European government debt yields touched their lowest in over two years. The single currency has lost 2.5 percent so far this month.
Benchmark German yields were just 10 basis points away from zero percent.
The European Commission sharply cut on Thursday its forecasts for euro zone economic growth for this year and next with the bloc's largest economies expected to be held back by global trade tensions and domestic challenges. month, the International Monetary Fund also downgraded its forecasts for global growth.
Elsewhere, sterling GBP= was down 0.1 percent at $1.2935. Traders expect the pound to remain volatile amid heightened political uncertainty over the Brexit process.
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