China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar panels

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The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help USA producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. The widely criticized move escalated tensions between the US and longstanding trade allies, including Canada, Mexico and European Union nations. This led to complaints that it undermined the World Trade Organization. US officials say such action is necessary because the WTO lacks the ability to address Chinese trade tactics.

China has tried to portray itself as a defender of the WTO's trade system.

But perhaps most worrying for American businesses selling in China, a significant minority of the people interviewed - 14, or 28 percent - want to stop buying American products now, and some say they are already boycotting anything made in the U.S. Others said they would continue to buy American but that could change in the future.

Brunson: pastor at centre of Turkey-US row and market turmoil
Sanders also criticized Turkey's imposition of tariffs on some USA goods as "regrettable and a step in the wrong direction". The currency's climb followed retaliatory tariffs by Ankara against United States goods including rice, coal and cars.

"As the USA violations have severely distorted the global market for products like photovoltaics and seriously damaged China's trade interests, China's use of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is a necessary measure to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and maintain multilateral trade rules", the statement said. One day later, the WTO received a complaint filed by India against the United States. If it fails, the case will go to a panel of experts to decide whether the trade controls are illegal.

In their technology dispute, Washington imposed 25 percent duties on $34 billion (3.8 trillion yen) of Chinese goods it said benefit from improper industrial policies. On the same day, Turkey's imposition of tariffs on 266.5 million dollars of USA goods took effect.

The Trump administration is due to impose similar increases on an additional $16 billion of Chinese imports on Tuesday.

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