Sur­ro­gate coun­try sys­tem ‘ harms all’

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS - By ZHONG NAN zhong­nan@ chi­

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.

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