China files WTO challenge to Donald Trump's USD 200 billion tariff hike

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Its complaint to the organization, which oversees global trade rules, comes less than one week after the USA government proposed 10 per cent tariffs on a $200 billion list of Chinese goods, to take effect in September at the earliest. "It knows how to open up".

Lighthizer said that the retaliatory tariffs "appear to breach" WTO rules.

"The China-US trade friction unilaterally provoked by the United States will have an impact on the Chinese and US economies", Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for the national statistics bureau.

China's Mr Li asked foreign companies to tell him if they had suffered any theft of intellectual property, one of the US's complaints against China's trading methods. The pool report did not make clear if any companies came forward.

The United States fired back Monday at the Canadian government's retaliatory tariffs on American imports by launching a formal challenge with the World Trade Organization.

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US Trade Representatives Robert Lighthizer said retaliatory duties on US exports imposed by China, the EU, Canada, Mexico and Turkey were completely without justification under global rules.

He advocated joint efforts by China, the U.S. and Russian Federation to reform the WTO, because "there is still time to prevent conflict and chaos".

Representatives of China and the European Union met in Beijing over the weekend, promising to work more closely to defend the global trading system.

Both China and Europe have stressed the need for trade differences to be tackled through the WTO, but the United States has said China's unfair policies are too urgent and too big for the trade body to handle.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) meets with European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who are here to attend the 20th China-EU leaders' meeting, in Beijing, capital of China, July 16, 2018.

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The EU has been careful not to side with China on the trade dispute. Leaders failed to find sufficient consensus for a joint statement after meetings in 2016 and 2017.

China has said it will retaliate if Washington goes through on its tariff threats.

The two sides also agreed to establish a working group on WTO reforms.

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Hailing the significance of the EU-China comprehensive strategic cooperation, Tusk and Juncker expressed their gratitude for China's support for European integration. Ahead of the meeting, the central bank released its accompanying policy report which showed USA economic growth and the Fed expecting to keep raising rates gradually.

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The Trump administration is hitting back at a number of countries for what it considers unjustified retaliatory tariffs that were imposed as a response to the steel and aluminum duties the US applied on its closest allies in the name of national security.

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