A senior Chinese trade official said on Thursday that the five
combined anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations launched by
the United States against Chinese goods violate World Trade
Organization (WTO) rules.
Addressing a news conference held by the State Council
Information Office, Vice Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng said the
investigations and the measures the United States might take
against Chinese goods would lead to double taxation, which was
prohibited by the WTO.
The investigations involved 635 enterprises with 70,000 workers
and goods worth US$ 860 million, Gao said, adding five dual
investigations in less than a year was unprecedented.
The US Department of Commerce decided in late July that it would
launch anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probes simultaneously into
China-made off-road tyres.
The probe followed dual investigations into China-made coated
free sheet paper in March, carbon steel tubes in June, and
light-walled rectangular pipes and tubes, and laminated woven sacks
China's foreign trade has increased by 29 percent annually for
the last five years while the country's exports were up 30 percent
annually, which resulted in more trade friction, said Gao.
According to the MOC, 869 anti-dumping, anti-subsidy and
combined cases have been launched against China since 1979,
including 136 raised by the United States.
As the United States did not treat China as a market economy,
the use of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures infringed US
rules and its tradition of not adopting anti-subsidy measures
against non-market economies, Gao said.
Moreover, the United States included loans from Chinese
commercial banks as government subsidies, showing how little the US
knew about Chinese commercial banks, said Gao.
China, including the government, industry association and
enterprises would work in a united response, Gao said without
At the news conference, Assistant Minister of Commerce Wang Chao
said that if the US stopped Chinese goods, imports from other
countries may be more expansive.
US consumers saved more than US$ 600 billion by buying products
made in China in the last ten years, said Gao.
Research by the US-China Business Council shows bilateral trade
cooperation is expected to add US$ 1,000 to the disposable
income of each US family in 2010.
(Xinhua News Agency August 24, 2007)