China concerned over parts of WTO ruling in dumping dispute

Last Updated: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 17:54

Beijing: China said on Saturday it was
concerned about parts of a ruling made by the World Trade
Organisation in an anti-dumping dispute between Washington and
Beijing.

"China expresses concern over some views and rulings
made by the (WTO) expert panel," an unnamed official at the
commerce ministry`s legal department said in a statement.

China brought the case to the WTO in 2008, challenging
the United States for placing punitive duties on goods from
China including pipes, tubes and tyres.

The United States had introduced tariffs of around 25
percent on Chinese pipes to prevent subsidised goods being
dumped on the US market.

On Friday, the WTO`s dispute settlement body partly
rejected the Chinese complaint, although it found that the "US
Department of Commerce had acted inconsistently" with WTO
rules on five elements of the case.

But it rejected China`s contentions on at least 12
points, according to the ruling, which Washington claimed as a
"win for American workers and businesses affected by unfairly
traded imports."

China welcomed the parts of the ruling that went
against the United States, and called on Washington to
"strictly abide by WTO rules."

But it said it would closely study the ruling and
"handle issues such as appeals according to WTO dispute
settlement procedures."

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 23, 2010 - 17:54

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