China concerned over parts of WTO ruling in dumping dispute
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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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