US and China criticize each other at WTO meeting

China called the US a “bully”, while Washington accused Beijing of taking illegal retaliatory measures during a WTO meeting on the trade dispute.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) held a session on January 27 on the trade dispute after the US filed an appeal against a series of WTO rulings related to China, Turkey, Norway and Switzerland. , which argues that Washington’s metal tariffs violate global norms.

“This disturbing behavior shows that the US is a unilateral bully, disregarding the rules and disrupting the supply chain,” China’s ambassador to the WTO Li Chenggang told the meeting.





Chinese Ambassador to the WTO Li Chenggang speaks to the media in Geneva, Switzerland, July 15, 2021.  Photo: Reuters.

Chinese Ambassador to the WTO Li Chenggang speaks to the media in Geneva, Switzerland, July 15, 2021. Photo: Reuters.

The WTO in recent weeks has issued a number of important rulings against the US, including a decision on metals tariffs involving China as well as another dispute between Washington and Hong Kong over labeling issues. The United States, which has long sought to change the WTO’s dispute settlement system, has criticized both decisions.

After Ambassador Li Thanhgang’s speech, Deputy US Trade Representative Maria Pagan stated that Washington “regrets” that the dispute over metal tariffs with China was on the agenda of the meeting, and denounced the meeting. forcing Beijing to impose “unlawful unilateral retaliatory measures” on Washington’s exports.

“A WTO that only protects China’s non-market policies and actions will not benefit any party,” Ms. Pagan said.

The WTO will not be able to consider the US appeal on the metal tax case, because the organization’s appeal panel is “paralysed” after Washington blocked some nominations of new judges to replace retired judges. period, resulting in the agency not having enough active members.

Ambassador Li Chenggang later stated that China “hopes that the US will not appeal any adverse ruling in vain, due to the vacuum that Washington itself has created”.

The WTO is a 164-member organization, founded in 1995 with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, with the role of setting global trade rules. The US since Donald Trump’s administration has claimed that the current WTO system cannot accommodate the rise of China’s economy.

Duc Trung (Theo Reuters)

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