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US Files WTO Case Against China Over Exports

Tue, 06/23/2009 - 6:02am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has filed its first trade case against China with the World Trade Organization, accusing the Asian power of restricting exports of certain raw materials to give Chinese manufacturers "unfair advantages."

Trade Representative Ron Kirk says the U.S. is "deeply troubled at what appears to be a conscious policy to create unfair advantages for Chinese industries" by restricting exports of raw ingredients used in steel, aluminum and chemicals.

Kirk said Tuesday dialogue was the preferred method to settle the dispute, but that China has not changed its policies despite the U.S. raising the issue repeatedly.

The European Union also requested formal WTO action with China on the issue.

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