"As the USA measures severely damaged Chinese trade interests, China's choice to resort to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is a necessary move to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and multilateral trade rules", a spokesperson with the ministry said. The U.S. president has recently threatened more tariffs on Canada's auto industry.
The statement urges the United States to take concrete actions in line with the WTO rules and drop the "wrong practices" so that normal trade can be restored. It said they were necessary to shield American manufacturers that were hurt by a flood of imports supported by subsidies and other improper measures. This led to complaints that it undermined the World Trade Organization.
China has tried to portray itself as a defender of the WTO's trade system.
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According to the Ministry of Commerce, Beijing wants to determine the legality of USA policies, as they harm China's rights and undermine the authority of the WTO. The next round of increases threatened by both sides is due to take effect next week.
WTO complaints begin with negotiations between the parties to the conflict. If those fail, the case moves to a panel of experts who can decide whether the trade controls are improper.
On July 6, USA tariffs on 34 billion dollars of Chinese goods came into force, and China responded by enacting tariffs on 34 billion dollars of goods it buys from the United States.
China responded two days later by proposing tariffs ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent on 5,207 USA goods worth 60 billion dollars. On the same day, Turkey's imposition of tariffs on 266.5 million dollars of US goods took effect.