US moves WTO against China over auto duties

US moves WTO against China over auto duties
# 06 July 2012 15:48 (UTC +04:00)
Baku - APA-Economics. The US has filed a complaint against China at the World Trade Organisation over the nearly USD 3 billion of antidumping and countervailing duties that Beijing levies on US automobile exports, saying that such duties abuse trade laws, APA reports citing Associated Press.

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said America has requested dispute settlement consultations with China at the WTO in an attempt to eliminate these "unfair duties".

This is the third time that the Obama administration has challenged China’s "misuse" of trade remedies.

"As we have made clear, the Obama Administration will continue to fight to ensure that China does not misuse its trade laws and violate its international trade commitments to block exports of American-made products," Kirk said in a statement.

"American auto workers and manufacturers deserve a level playing field and we are taking every step necessary to stand up for them," he added.

President Barack Obama referred to the move against China at a campaign event in Ohio, saying that his administration has taken action to hold China "accountable for unfair trade practices that harm American automakers.
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