Punitive tariffs imposed on China by Trump condemned by WTO

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Punitive tariffs imposed on China by Trump condemned by WTO

The punitive customs taxes imposed on China by the Trump administration violate international trade rules, the WTO ruled on Tuesday.

In a report, the World Trade Organization group of experts tasked with deciding this case at Beijing's request, concluded that "The measures at issue are incompatible" with various articles of the GATT (ancestor of the WTO), and "Recommends that the United States bring its measures into conformity with its obligations".

Insufficient evidence

This case, brought by Beijing to the WTO in 2018, concerns a first tranche of customs duties imposed by the United States on some 250 billion dollars of Chinese goods. These punitive tariffs marked the start of a trade war between the two economic giants and were one of the hallmarks of the Trump presidency. Washington and Beijing then struck a largely stalled trade deal.

In its report, the panel further emphasizes that "The United States failed to provide sufficient evidence or explanation to support its assertion that the measures were necessary to protect the 'good and evil standards' it relied on and which were considered to be relevant to public morals in the United States ”.

The two parties can now appeal to the WTO, but the appeal body of the Geneva-based institution, whose appointment of judges is blocked by Washington, has not been operational since December 11 for lack of judges in sufficient number.

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