China wins WTO case over U.S. Tariffs

China partially wins WTO case over Obama-era U.S. tariffs, as the United States did not fully comply with a 2014 ruling against its anti-subsidy tariffs on a range of Chinese products. China went to the WTO in 2012 to challenge U.S. anti-subsidy tariffs on Chinese exports including solar panels, wind towers, steel cylinders and aluminium extrusions. The WTO panel agreed that the United States had not correctly used third country prices to assess the subsidies, but supported the U.S. assertion that exporters were getting subsidies from Chinese “public bodies”, despite China’s claims to the contrary.

World Trade Organization compliance panel agreed the United States had not correctly used third country prices to assess the subsidies, but supported the U.S. assertion that exporters were getting subsidies from Chinese “public bodies”, despite Beijing’s assertions to the contrary.

The products concerned were solar panels, wind towers, thermal and coated paper, tow-behind lawn groomers, kitchen shelving, steel sinks, citric acid, magnesia carbon bricks, pressure pipe, line pipe, seamless pipe, steel cylinders, drill pipe, oil country tubular goods, wire strand and aluminium extrusions.

For more on the WTO case see the story at Reuters.