Sunday 17 November, 2019

China seeks $2.4 billion in penalties against US at WTO

 In this May 14, 2019, fiel photo, containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province In this May 14, 2019, fiel photo, containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. (AP Photo)

In this May 14, 2019, fiel photo, containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province In this May 14, 2019, fiel photo, containers are piled up at a port in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. (AP Photo)

China is asking the World Trade Organization for the right to impose $2.4 billion in annual penalties on the United States in a case over Chinese subsidies dating back years.

A document published Monday showed China has called for the matter to be considered by the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body next Monday. The matter would be referred to a WTO arbitrator if the US objects to the amount China proposes.

The request stems from a July WTO appellate decision in a case dating to before the Trump administration, and unrelated to the tariffs it has slapped on Chinese goods.

Washington criticized that decision, which it said recognizes that China uses state-owned enterprises to subsidize and distort its economy but contends the US must use "distorted Chinese prices" to measure subsidies.

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