Affairs at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the global trading system have been witnessing challenges, with countries putting roadblocks to safeguard their respective interests, commerce and industry minister Suresh Prabhu said on Thursday. The government, however, is trying to be friendly with all the countries, he added. \u201cFor the first time, the country is seeing a real challenge at WTO and the global trading system itself. Countries are putting roadblocks (to trade) and it is going to be a real issue,\u201d Prabhu told industrialists at an Fieo event. \u201cWe are not enemies as far as trade is concerned. We want to make friendship. With China, we had huge trade deficit. I invited the Chinese commerce minister to India, signed many agreements and decided not only to reduce trade deficit, but also to bring in balance in trade.\u201d The government was also talking with the European Union on the WTO issue, as it was a big marketplace. \u201cWe are talking to the EU as well as Japan, Korea and Asean countries about these issues. I had invited them and we decided to increase the trade volume,\u201d he said. Appealing to industrialists not to depend much on the government, he said: \u201cI only wish and hope, don't expect everything from the government. The government is doing more than what you want. The government can provide umbrella support. But when it comes to business to business, that can be done only by you.\u201d Earlier, inaugurating ACMEE 2018, the 13th international machine tools exhibition, Prabhu said Tamil Nadu is one of few states which provides well-developed infrastructure for industries.