Date
19 November 2019
The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body is set to review a China-US case that dates back to the Obama-era. Photo: Reuters
The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body is set to review a China-US case that dates back to the Obama-era. Photo: Reuters

China asks WTO for US$2.4 bln sanctions against US

China is seeking US$2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions against the United States for failing to comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling, Reuters reports.

The WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body will review the case which dates back to the Obama-era on Oct. 28, the report said, citing a document published on Monday.

WTO appeals judges said in July that the US did not fully comply with a trade body ruling about tariffs it put on Chinese solar panels, wind towers, and steel cylinders. They said Beijing could impose retaliatory sanctions if Washington did not remove them.

Washington has challenged the validity of the WTO ruling and could dispute the US$2.4 billion in retaliatory sanctions, sending the matter to arbitration.

The dispute comes as the Trump administration, which is pushing the WTO to revamp rules allowing China to call itself a “developing country,” battles Beijing in a wider trade war.

US officials argue China benefits from easier treatment at the WTO, while subsidizing manufactured goods and dumping them on world markets.

The WTO’s dispute body effectively gave Beijing a green light to seek compensatory sanctions in mid-August. The US said at the time that it did not view the WTO findings as valid and that the judges had applied “the wrong legal interpretation in this dispute”.

China continues to be the “serial offender” of the WTO’s subsidies agreement, the US delegation said then. 

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