China lodges WTO complaint over renewable energy tariffs

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In addition, the United States granted additional subsidies to domestic renewable energy products, including photovoltaic products, which are suspected of being subsidies for import substitution and violating their national treatment obligations, the ministry spokesperson said.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning took to Twitter, as he often does, to lambaste some of his favourite targets: the U.S. Justice Department, the "rigged Russian witch hunt" (a.k.a. the Robert Mueller investigation), and of course, undocumented immigrants. Only a fraction went to the United States, with India the biggest market.

WTO complaints begin with negotiations between the parties to the conflict.

On June 5, Mexico imposed taxes - with immediate effect - on us steel and aluminum, pork belly, as well as a range of other agricultural products.

Another round of US tariff hikes on $16 billion of Chinese goods is due to take effect August 23.

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On June 22, the European Union levied duties of 25 percent on 2.8 billion euros (3.2 billion dollars) of USA imports in retaliation of Washington's steel and aluminum tariffs. Brussels said in late July that it was considering tariffs on 20 billion dollars of USA goods should Trump proceed with the proposed auto duties.

Following that, Washington imposed its first round of 25 tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6 in response to complains Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.

On Aug. 1, Trump called for raising the proposed tariff on 200 billion dollars of Chinese goods from 10 percent to 25 percent, adding the implementation is pending a public comment process ending on September 5.

After the application of these first taxes, China responded with a package of tariff countermeasures of equal weight to products of the North American nation.

The Commerce Ministry said Wednesday the 30 percent tariffs announced in January violate WTO rules and improperly help USA producers.

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