Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

China says United States solar tariffs violate trade rules, lodges WTO complaint

Turkey US conduct 29th round of patrols in Manbij China says US solar tariffs violate trade rules, lodges WTO complaint
| 17 August, 2018, 16:55

According to a poll by Reuters, Chinese residents at the street level are largely unbothered by US President Trump's bluster and swapping of trade war rhetoric with China, though some mixed feelings on exactly how China should respond to the US.

Washington announced in January the imposition of what it called safeguard tariffs for four years: a tariff of 30 percent in the first year, which would be reduced gradually to 15 percent in the fourth year.

In part to press Ankara to release U.S. Evangelical pastor Andrew Brundson, Trump raised tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent, and aluminum duties to 20 percent.

The Trump administration has defended the solar tariffs as necessary to protect American producers.

"As the US violations have severely distorted the global market for products like photovoltaics and seriously damaged China's trade interests, China's use of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is a necessary measure to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and maintain multilateral trade rules", the statement said.


The U.S. measures are suspected of violating WTO Agreement on Safeguards.

On April 2, China hit back by adopting tariff hikes on 128 USA items, including pork, sparkling wine, nuts, and fresh and dried fruit products. It said on May 14 it had issued a request to the WTO for a dispute settlement process with Washington. Only a fraction went to the United States, with India the biggest market.

China lodged its challenge at the WTO on Tuesday, the statement said. One day later, the WTO received a complaint filed by India against the United States. One Chinese executive told Reuters that USA solar tariffs were a "sideshow" and had little effect on Chinese business.

The two governments have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods.

China responded two days later by proposing tariffs ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent on 5,207 USA goods worth 60 billion dollars.

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