Updated September 19, 2023 at 4:39 p.m
China has appealed the World Trade Organization’s decision on its punitive tit-for-tat tariff dispute with the United States. (icon image)
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China has appealed the World Trade Organization’s decision on its punitive tit-for-tat tariff dispute with the United States.
Still under the US President
The United States went to the World Trade Organization against China’s punitive tariffs. However, since December 2019 – and then also under President Trump – Washington has been blocking the appointment of new judges to the Dispute Settlement Body and instead calling for a fundamental reform of the organization.
Under President Joe Biden, Washington has adopted a less aggressive tone on foreign trade issues, but punitive tariffs on Chinese metals have been maintained.
A committee set up specifically to deal with the trade dispute between Beijing and Washington agreed with the United States last year that China’s punitive tariffs violate international trade law. Beijing has now appealed this decision.
Other WTO committees, formed as a result of lawsuits against US tariffs on steel and aluminum, also classified the US actions as illegal. Washington also appealed.
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