Surrogate country system ‘ harms all’
Trade experts warned on Tuesday that a continuation of the surrogate country system in anti-dumping investigations by the European Union and the United States against China would damage interests of all the three parties in the long run and cost a huge amount of legal resources.
The comments came after China notified the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization on Monday that it had requested dispute consultations with the US and the EU regarding special calculation methodologies in antidumping proceedings.
“Every member must honor its international obligations, and the US and the EU are no exception,” said Xue Rong jiu, deputy director of the Beijing-based China Society for WTO Studies.
The surrogate country approach expires on Dec 11, 2016, according to Article 15 of the accession protocol signed when China joined the WTO in 2001.