China files WTO complaint over U.S. tariff measures

Casey Dawson
April 8, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump blasted the World Trade Organization on Thursday, saying the global trade body was "unfair" to the United States while giving China "tremendous perks and advantages", but he offered no evidence or examples to back up his claim.

In a tweet Friday, the president noted that despite China being "a great economic power" the organization considers it to be a '"developing nation".

The tariffs set on on steel and aluminum "are not safeguard measures, and therefore, there is no basis to conduct consultations under the Agreement on Safeguards with respect to these measures", U.S. ambassador to the WTO, Daniel Shea, said in a letter to the Chinese ambassador to the WTO, Zhang Xiangchen. "The WTO has been a disaster for this country", the president said in March.

The European Union has also made a decision to seek to join the US-China consultations as a third party, rather than jointly filing the complaint with the United States, the source said.

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The Chinese government has requested consultations with the USA over the proposed tariffs, the first step in the WTO's dispute settlement process.

"The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO".

If they fail to reach a mutually agreed solution through consultations, the United States may request the establishment of a WTO dispute settlement panel to review the matter.

The U.S. announced on Tuesday that it plans to impose $50 billion worth of tariffs on 1,300 Chinese goods.

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