China Files WTO Complaint over U.S. Solar Tariffs

  • China Files WTO Complaint over U.S. Solar Tariffs

China Files WTO Complaint over U.S. Solar Tariffs

China has blasted U.S. tariffs on solar panel imports, filing a complaint at the World Trade Organization in the latest salvo of the trade battle between the world's two economic giants.

-Asked whether they would stop buying US products, 14 said they would, 31 said they wouldn't (some indicated their views could change if the trade war intensifies), and five didn't have a view.

A spokesperson from China's Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday that the tariffs are suspected of violating WTO rules and therefore undermining the WTO's authority.

In the latest development, Turkey announced Wednesday that it will increase tariffs on USA imports including rice, vehicles, alcohol, coal and cosmetics, in response to Trump's decision last Friday to double the tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum.

The duties also apply to imports of solar cells and modules from Europe, Canada, Mexico and South Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning took to Twitter, as he often does, to lambaste some of his favourite targets: the U.S. Justice Department, the "rigged Russian witch hunt" (a.k.a. the Robert Mueller investigation), and of course, undocumented immigrants. The rest came up with various responses, including a refocus on development of the domestic economy, building other export markets, while 8 (or 16 percent) said they had no idea what the government should do.

The statement urges the United States to take concrete actions in line with the WTO rules and drop the "wrong practices" so that normal trade can be restored. That led to complaints it was undermining the global trade body. "I think China chose to bring it up in order to keep up the rhythm of the trade dispute", she said.

China has tried to portray itself as a defender of the WTO-based trading system.

"As the US 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. If it fails, the case will go to a panel of experts to decide whether the trade controls are illegal.

Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced it would impose 25 percent tariffs on $16 billion worth of Chinese imports beginning August 23. China responded with similar penalties on American imports. On the same day, Turkey's imposition of tariffs on 266.5 million dollars of USA goods took effect. Beijing says it will retaliate.