Trade ties have been strained by a series of
dumping disputes, including a major one involving solar
materials between China and the European Union.
The ministry said China would impose duties of 27.6 percent on
European exports of perchlorethylene, a chemical used in insect
repellent and refrigerants, according to a statement on its
A tax of 71.8 percent will be imposed on exports of the chemical
by U.S. companies, including Dow Chemical Co. <DOW.N> and
Occidental Chemical Corp., it said.
The duties took effect from May 31 and will run for five years.
The ministry did not explain why it was targeting this chemical
now, nor why there was such a difference in the levies.
The United States won a trade dispute with China last month over
duties on U.S. exports of large cars and sport utility vehicles.
(Reporting By Xiaoyi Shao and Jonathan Standing; Editing by Nick
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