China Files WTO Complaint over U.S. Solar Tariffs

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Since the start of the year, the United States has been wielding tariffs against its trading partners worldwide to alter what President Donald Trump calls "unfair trade practices".

The Commerce Ministry said Wednesday the 30 percent tariffs announced in January violate WTO rules and improperly help USA producers.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced it would impose 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion worth of Chinese imports beginning August 23.

"[Competition will be] internal, like it used to be in the old days when we actually had steel, and U.S. Steel was our greatest company", Tump told The Journal.

"As the USA violations have severely distorted the global market for products like photovoltaics and seriously damaged China's trade interests, China's use of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is a necessary measure to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and maintain multilateral trade rules", the statement said.

"The solar problem has existed for years".

The U.S. measures are suspected of violating WTO Agreement on Safeguards. In addition to those tariffs, China is dissatisfied with the subsidies the U.S. provides to locally-made photovoltaics.

One Chinese executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that US solar tariffs were a "sideshow" and had little effect on Chinese business. "I think China chose to bring it up in order to keep up the rhythm of the trade dispute", he said.

The trade frictions between Beijing and Washington began on July 6 with the imposition by the United States of tariffs of 25 percent on Chinese products with a value of 34 billion dollars. There is division and confusion over how China should respond to Trump, with some arguing that Beijing should strike back at American interests but others saying they didn't know what could be done.

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