urges U.S. not to abuse trade system for own advantage
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[July 17, 2014]
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's
commerce minister urged the United States on Thursday not to abuse
the global trade system by imposing duties on Chinese goods to
protect its own economy, following a rebuke to Washington by the
World Trade Organization.
WTO judges said on Monday the United States broke its rules in
imposing hefty duties on Chinese steel products, solar panels and a
range of other goods that Washington argues enjoyed government
In comments carried on the Trade Ministry's website following the
WTO ruling, Chinese Trade Minister Gao Hucheng said his country
would not sit idly by while the United States harmed the rights of
"The misuse by the United States of trade measures to help (their)
economy seriously harmed the legal rights and interests of Chinese
companies. Not only is the Chinese government seriously concerned,
it will not sit by and look on," Gao said.
The United States needed to properly look at how what it was doing
contravened WTO rules and should correct its mistaken ways, he
They "should not become a negative model for breaking the rules",
"Especially at this time that the global economy is slowly
recovering, the U.S. side has an even greater responsibility to
uphold the multilateral trade system and the rules, and oppose trade
protectionism," he added.
In the $7.2-billion Chinese case, the panel found that Washington
had overstepped the mark in justifying the so-called countervailing
duties imposed as a response to what it saw as subsidies to
exporting firms by China's government.
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The United States is weighing its options after the ruling, the
office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in response.
Trade is one of a number of sensitive points in relations between
the world's two largest economies, which are also at odds over
everything from human rights to the value of China's currency.
Gao said that both countries needed to work hard to ensure the
healthy and stable development of trade and business ties.
"The trade and business relationship is both the ballast and the
propeller of Sino-U.S. ties," he added.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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