BEIJING-China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with U.S. President Donald Trump over trade and technology.
A spokesperson from China's Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday that the tariffs are suspected of violating WTO rules and therefore undermining the WTO's authority.
In part to press Ankara to release U.S. Evangelical pastor Andrew Brundson, Trump raised tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent, and aluminum duties to 20 percent.More news: Turkish court rejects U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson's appeal
Trump made the assertion in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday - one in which he said that steel prices may be "a little more expensive" in the short term, but that they eventually would drop, ultimately protecting America's steel industry. USA officials say such action is necessary because the WTO lacks the ability to address Chinese trade tactics.
Washington took action under a 1974 USA law instead of through the WTO.
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Beijing said the United States measures are suspected of violating trade rules and that it would turn to the WTO's dispute resolution mechanism to protect its interests.
WTO complaints begin with negotiations between parties to the dispute. If it fails, the case will go to a panel of experts to decide whether the trade controls are illegal. China responded with similar penalties on American imports.
Another round of USA tariff hikes on $16 billion of Chinese goods is due to take effect August 23.More news: Saudi Arabia Clarifies: Cryptocurrency Trading IS Illegal
On Aug. 1, Trump called for raising the proposed tariff on 200 billion dollars of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent, adding the implementation is pending a public comment process ending on September 5.
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