WTO rules against China on rare-earths pol­icy

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion said China’s ex­port re­stric­tions on rare earths, molyb­de­num and tung­sten, are in­com­pat­i­ble with WTO rules. Rare earths are used in prod­ucts such as DVDs and mo­bile phones.

China ac­counts for more than 90 per­cent of their global pro­duc­tion, and it has put lim­its on their ex­ports, which it says are aimed at re­duc­ing pol­lu­tion and con­serv­ing re­sources.

The panel re­port said China proved that the pro­duc­tion of rare earths, tung­sten and molyb­de­num, could dam­age the en­vi­ron­ment and the health of an­i­mals and plants but that it did not pro­vide proof that the duty served a pro­tec­tive pur­pose or made a sub­stan­tive con­tri­bu­tion to pro­tec­tion.

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