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US urged to abide by WTO rules

A Chinese commerce ministry spokesman yesterday urged US authorities to abide by World Trade Organization rules in its investigation of aluminum imports.

Sun Jiwen told a press conference China’s “grave concern” over the US investigations, including anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation concerning Chinese aluminum foil.

China is assessing the US move and its influence on China’s aluminum industry and international aluminum trade, Sun said.

China hopes the two sides could solve the issue through consultation and dialog.

The US Department of Commerce began an investigation after the Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group accused Chinese aluminum foil producers of using improper subsidies and selling at unfair prices.

The Sino-US aluminum industries are highly complementary. The United States started to reduce production of low value-added aluminum foil and focus on high-end products over 20 years ago, and falling output is not a result of Chinese imports, Wang Hejun, head of the ministry’s trade remedy and investigation bureau, said in March.

Improper trade remedy measures will hurt the interests of Chinese aluminum foil exporters and dent the competitiveness of US downstream sectors, hitting employment and consumer interests, Wang said, adding that it would lead to a lose-lose situation.

Wang urged the US authorities to enact decisions of the WTO and appellate bodies and give Chinese exporters fair counter-argument rights.


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