Na­tion pushes back on US rul­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - VIEWS - By JING SHUIYU jing­shuiyu@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China onWed­nes­day pushed back against the “ex­tremely un­fair” United States rul­ing on its tire ex­ports, and vowed to take ac­tion if its rights were in­fringed by the creep of trade pro­tec­tion­ism.

Wang He­jun, head of the trade rem­edy and in­ves­ti­ga­tion bureau of theMin­istry of Com­merce, said the “ex­tremely un­fair” de­ter­mi­na­tion gravely hurt the coun­try’s in­ter­ests, and urged the US to obey World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion rules by read­just­ing its wrong prac­tice.

“We do not ex­pect a trade war be­tween the two sides, but China will take nec­es­sary mea­sures if the rights are vi­o­lated,” Wang said.

The US Com­merce De­part­ment made a fi­nal rul­ing on Mon­day that bus and truck tires from Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ers were dumped and sub­si­dized.

Af­ter pre­lim­i­nary de­ter­mi­na­tions in June, it said the fi­nal anti-dump­ing mar­gins range from 9 per­cent to 22.57 per­centan­danti-sub­sidy rates are from 38.61 per­cent to 65.46 per­cent.

China has al­ways op­posed trade pro­tec­tion­ism and ex­pressed grave con­cern over the ac­tions of the US in de­fi­ance of the facts and in abuse of trade rem­edy mea­sures, Wang said.

Wang added that the US in­ves­ti­ga­tion meth­ods had “ob­vi­ous flaws” and went “against the facts”. The of­fi­cial cited sev­eral bi­ased meth­ods the US used in its in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

He said that for ex­am­plethe US Com­merce De­part­ment re­fused to adopt the fac­tual ma­te­ri­als that China sub­mit­ted, in­stead de­lib­er­ately em­ployed one-sided in­for­ma­tion, when eval­u­at­ing the ex­port buyer’s credit, a loan fa­cil­ity pro­vided by ex­porter’s bank with the sup­port of ex­porter’s home gov­ern­ment to the im­porter or its banks.

Ex­perts said such a ground­less rul­ing would harm both economies.

The fre­quent US in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Chi­nese tire prod­ucts hin­dered the ex­ports of Chi­nese tires, which hurt the in­ter­ests of both Chi­nese tire busi­nesses and US con­sumers, Wang said.

Pu Lingchen, a Zhong Lun Law Firm part­ner, said in a pre­vi­ous in­ter­view with China Daily that if high tar­iffs strip Chi­nese tire man­u­fac­tures of their abil­ity to ex­port their prod­ucts to the US af­ford­ably, the aver­age tire prices in the mar­ket might rise and US con­sumers could have lim­ited choices.

The com­ments came af­ter the Chi­nese tire in­dus­try face months of se­vere tests from US anti-dump­ing and an­ti­sub­sidy in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The case is still un­der re­viewby theUS In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion, which must de­cide how the im­ports in­jure the US do­mes­tic in­dus­try.

DONG NAIDE / FOR CHINA DAILY

A worker drives a cart loaded with tires at Wanda Rub­ber Co Ltd in Dongy­ing, Shan­dong prov­ince.

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