WTO backs China’s chal­lenge to US anti-dump­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion backed China’s chal­lenge of coun­ter­vail­ing and anti-dump­ing mea­sures taken by the United States against cer­tain prod­ucts from China.

How­ever, the re­port by a WTO panel didn’t sup­port China’s claim that a US mea­sure known as the GPX Act was in­con­sis­tent with WTO rules. The act, an amend­ment to a 1930 trade law, au­tho­rizes the US Com­merce Depart­ment to ini­ti­ate coun­ter­vail­ing mea­sures on non­mar­ket econ­omy coun­tries and retroac­tively rat­ify the le­git­i­macy of pre­vi­ous probes. Chi­nese ex­ports of more than $7.2 bil­lion could ul­ti­mately be af­fected, ac­cord­ing to the com­merce min­istry.

More than 20 types of Chi­nese ex­ports, rang­ing from pho­to­voltaic cells for the so­lar in­dus­try to pipes used in wells in the oil and nat­u­ral gas in­dus­tries, were in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tions or re­views launched by the US be­tween Nov 20, 2006, and March 13, 2012.

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