China lodges complaint with WTO over legalities of US policies

China lodges complaint with WTO over legalities of US policies

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.

The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help USA producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. That strained relations with USA allies.

Of course, tariffs have been a mainstay in Canadian headlines for the past several months, with Trump levying duties on USA imports of Canadian steel and aluminum.

On Jan. 22, Trump approved tariffs up to 50 percent on imported washing machines for the next three years, and duties as much as 30 percent on imported solar panels for the next four years. "I think China chose to bring it up in order to keep up the rhythm of the trade dispute", he said.

Previously, the United States took safeguard measures on imports of some photovoltaic products with additional tariffs of up to 30 percent. In addition to those tariffs, China is dissatisfied with the subsidies the USA provides to locally-made photovoltaics.

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WTO complaints begin with negotiations between the parties to the conflict.

One Chinese executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that USA solar tariffs were a "sideshow" and had little effect on Chinese business.

Following that, Washington imposed its first round of 25 tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6 in response to complains Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

As of August 23, both countries will apply a new tariff package of 25 percent with a value of 16 billion dollars. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva.

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

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