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China sues US at WTO over chip restrictions | International Trade News


In October, the United States announced a series of sweeping export controls aimed at beating China’s semiconductor sector.

China has filed a lawsuit with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the United States over its chip export controls, China’s Ministry of Commerce said.

“China takes legal actions within the WTO framework as necessary to address our concerns and protect our legitimate interests,” a statement from China’s Ministry of Commerce said. said its diplomatic mission in Geneva forwarded.

It added that the US restraint “threatens the stability of global industrial supply chains”.

The Chinese delegation to the WTO in Geneva and the US Trade Representative did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment. A WTO spokesman declined to comment.

The so-called consultation request is the first step in a long procedure. The US has blocked appointments with the WTO’s top ruling body on trade disputes, meaning some disputes will never be resolved.

In October, the United States announced a comprehensive set of export control to impede China’s progress in the semiconductor industry.

China’s complaint about US chip export restrictions comes days after a WTO ruling against Washington in a separate case on metal tariffs brought by China, among others. The United States, a frequent critic of the WTO’s arbitration proceedings, rejected the WTO ruling.

That claim stems from the administration of former President Donald Trump, which imposed tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum in 2018, using Section 232 of the 1962 act that allowed the president to restrict imports if they threaten national security. Free trade partners Canada and Mexico were subsequently exempted.

The tariffs have prompted some WTO members, including China, to challenge the measure, and last week a three-man WTO panel reached its conclusions in the cases brought by China, Na Uy, Switzerland and Turkey launched. The cases brought by India and Russia are still pending.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has kept metal tariffs unchanged, which is one of the focus of Trump’s “America First” strategy.

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