US speaks out against Chinese automobile duties at WTO
The United States filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China on Thursday over its anti-dumping and countervailing duties over U.S.-made autos, Xinhua News Agency reported.
China's Permanent Mission to WTO confirmed that it has received the consultation request Thursday afternoon and said China will handle it in accordance with the WTO rules. China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) started to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on imports of U.S. cars and SUVs with an engine capacity of 2.5 liters or larger in December, 2011, following an open investigation in accordance with the WTO rules and upon petitions from domestic enterprises.
Investigations into the auto market showed that U.S. auto makers have received government subsidies and dumped their vehicles into the Chinese market, which has substantially harmed China's auto industry, MOC spokesman Shen Danyang said in 2011, the news agency reported.