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China calls for WTO to put U.S. tariff "beast back in the cage"

GENEVA, March 26 (Reuters) - World Trade Organization members must work together to prevent the United States wrecking the WTO and must oppose U.S. tariffs targeting China's alleged theft of intellectual property, Beijing's envoy Zhang Xiangchen said on Monday.

"WTO members should jointly... lock this beast back into the cage of the WTO rules," Zhang told a meeting of the trade body, referring to a previous U.S. commitment not to use such tariffs without first getting approval from the WTO.

"Unilateralism is fundamentally incompatible with the WTO, like fire and water. In the open sea, if the boat capsizes, no one is safe from drowning. We shouldnt stay put watching someone wrecking the boat. The WTO is under siege and all of us should lock arms to defend it." (Reporting by Tom Miles Editing by Gareth Jones)