China seeks WTO backing for US sanctions

12 September 2018 | Business

China will ask the World Trade Organisation (WTO) next week for permission to impose sanctions on the United States, for Washington's non-compliance with a ruling in a dispute over US dumping duties, a WTO meeting agenda showed yesterday. The request is likely to lead to years of legal wrangling over the case for sanctions and the amount. China initiated the dispute in 2013, complaining about US dumping duties on several industries including machinery and electronics, light industry, metals and minerals, with an annual export value of up to US$8.4 billion. It won a WTO ruling in 2016, which was confirmed by an appeal last year. China told the WTO last month that the deadline for the United States to comply with the ruling expired on Aug. 22. Photo Nampa/Reuters

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