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China accuses US of a 'blatant breach' of trade policy in WTO meeting

Key Points
  • "This is a blatant breach of the United States' obligations under the WTO agreements and is posing a systemic challenge to the multilateral trading system," says a Chinese representative Monday.
  • China is seeking to have the WTO block U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports.
  • A U.S. official at the meeting says China is using "grossly unfair and trade-distorting forced technology transfer policies and practices."
Chinese President Xi Jinping and members of Chinese delegation attend a working dinner with U.S. President Donald Trump after the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina December 1, 2018. 
Kevin Lemarque | Reuters

Chinese representatives met with the World Trade Organization on Monday to begin the process of legally challenging United States tariffs on China's exports, Reuters reported, citing a transcript of the meeting's discussion.

"This is a blatant breach of the United States' obligations under the WTO agreements and is posing a systemic challenge to the multilateral trading system," a Chinese representative said in the meeting. "If the United States were free to continue infringing these principles without consequences, the future viability of this organization is in dire peril."

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China is seeking to have the WTO block U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports. President Donald Trump's administration last year led the U.S. in putting tariffs on a quarter trillion worth of Chinese imports, at duties between 10 percent and 25 percent. China responded in kind, placing tariffs on $110 billion in U.S. goods.

A U.S. representative at the meeting said China was the one "threatening the overall viability of the WTO system," not the U.S. The official said China is using "grossly unfair and trade-distorting forced technology transfer policies and practices." They added the claim that "this unfounded dispute" only added to the damage China has caused.

Read the full Reuters story here.