China Files Complaint to WTO Over New US Measures

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The Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group representing the interests of the solar power industry in the United States, said the solar manufacturing sector employed 38,000 people at the end of 2016 and only 2,000 of them made something other than solar panels.

China's Ministry of Commerce said the 30 percent tariffs announced in January violates WTO rules.The fees also apply to imports of solar cells and units from Europe, Canada, Mexico and South Korea, Increasing strained relations with USA allies.

"While taking safeguard measures against imported PV products", the spokesperson continued, "the U.S. side provides additional subsidies to renewable energy products such as photovoltaics manufactured in the country, which are suspected of forming import substitution subsidies and violating national treatment obligations". USA officials say such action is necessary because the WTO lacks the ability to address Chinese trade tactics. "This act of abuse of safeguards not only harms the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese side, but also affects the seriousness and authority of the WTO rules".

Following that, Washington imposed its first round of 25 tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6 in response to complains Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

We urge the USA side to take practical actions, respect the rules of the WTO and abandon its erroneous measures to return to the normal trade of the related products, he said.

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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".

As of August 23, both countries will apply a new tariff package of 25 percent with a value of 16 billion dollars.

China responded two days later by proposing tariffs ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent on 5,207 US goods worth 60 billion dollars.

Trump responded immediately to the EU's move by threatening a 20 percent tariff on cars assembled in the European Union and sold to the United States.

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