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United States: China’s Response to U.S. Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Is Baseless

April 04, 2018

Washington, DC – Today the United States submitted a communication to China and the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding China’s recent request for consultations on the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs.

China’s request for consultations under the WTO Safeguards Agreement is completely baseless because the United States’ Section 232 tariffs address a national security threat to critical industries and are not part of a safeguard action.

Consequently, there is no basis under WTO rules for China’s decision this week to raise tariffs against over $3 billion in U.S. exports.

To read the U.S. communication, click here.