China files legal case to sue US over tariffs

(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

China is firing back at the U.S. over the latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports, filing an official complaint with the World Trade Organization.

The Chinese Commerce Ministry announced its legal case following new United States tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods that went into effect Sunday, with the U.S. charging 15 percent tax on about $112 billion of imports, according to Reuters.

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President Trump indicated that U.S.-China trade talks remain on the calendar for September but that “we can’t allow China to rip us off as a country.”

China responded by imposing taxes of 10 percent and 5 percent on certain American goods, as well as a new duty on U.S. crude oil, as the trade war between the two nations continues to escalate. A second set of U.S. tariffs is set for December on about $160 billion of imports.

“The US taxation measures are seriously contrary to the consensus of the heads of state of the two countries in Osaka. China is strongly dissatisfied and resolutely opposed,” China’s Commerce Ministry said in a statement. “In accordance with relevant WTO rules, China will firmly safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and resolutely defend the multilateral trading system and the international trade order.”

China filed its complaint, the third it has brought against the U.S. to the WTO, alleging that the latest U.S. tariffs are a violation of President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s agreement at the G20 summit in Osaka in June.

( Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

But the U.S. has pointed to China’s theft of intellectual property, an area not covered by WTO rules.

“China has taken the unilateral decision to adopt aggressive industrial policy measures to steal or otherwise unfairly acquire the technology of its trading partners; the United States has adopted tariff measures to try to obtain the elimination of China’s unfair and distortive technology-transfer policies,” the U.S. wrote in a published defense Friday of the first of the three legal cases.

The statement noted that China chose not to address concerns directly but to retaliate by imposing its own tariffs “in an effort to maintain its unfair policies indefinitely.”

The U.S. will have 60 days to respond to the latest case brought to the WTO, the intergovernmental organization which regulates international trade.

According to Forbes:

Retailers have been left with little choice but to pass the growing cost of Chinese-imported goods to consumers. University of California research cited by the BBC estimates that by the time all new tariffs are imposed by December, it could cost U.S. households an extra $800 a year.

 

On Tuesday, Trump warned that things would get “tougher” for China if he is reelected in 2020, urging them to cooperate right now.

He also called out others who allowed the U.S. to be “taken to the cleaners” by China in another tweet.

Frieda Powers

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