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China, a Country Suffering Most From Anti-dumping Cases

China has become a country suffering the most from anti-dumping cases in world trade, an official with the State Economic and Trade Commission said on Monday.

Up to now, there are altogether 30 countries in the world setting off anti-dumping investigations of around 500 cases against Chinese products, covering an exporting value of over 10 billion US dollars.

At present, China's exportation only accounts for four percent of the world's total.

However, the number of anti-dumping filings against China rises to 14 percent of the total of dumping disputes during 1995-2001, sending China atop on the list of dumping cases during that period.

Of all the dumping files against China, 68.6 percent finally lead to punitive measures, up 8.2 percentage points compared with the world average.

The products involved in these cases involve more than 4,000 varieties in the fields of nonferrous metals, chemical industry, light industry, textile, agricultural produce and livestock, machinery and electronics and medical and healthcare products.

A research report provided by the Investigation Bureau on Industry Damage of the State Economic and Trade Commission holds that reasons why the Chinese exporting goods are always involved in the anti-dumping cases are quite diverse.

But overlapped exporting products, competitive price cut by Chinese exporters, Chinese firms' unwillingness and inadequate know-how in responding to dumping accusations, mingled with the ever-increasing trading friction in the world trade, all might shed some light on the consequent.

The report again deems that these factors are difficult to be altered in a short time period. Moreover, during the initial 15 years after China's entry into the WTO, China will still be habitually treated as a non-market economy, and therefore the number of anti-dumping cases against China might hit higher.

(People's Daily April 23, 2002)

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