US rejects China’s retaliatory tariffs, complaint in WTO as ‘baseless’

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Washington: The United States on Wednesday rejected as “baseless” China’s retaliatory tariffs and complaint in the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the US tariffs recently imposed on steel and aluminium imports.
President Donald Trump imposed tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 15 per cent on aluminium early in March, citing national security concerns.
But China invoked the WTO dispute process under a different rule, which does not apply, meaning Beijing’s threat of retaliatory tariffs on USD 3 billion in US exports is not justified, the US Trade Representative’s office said in a statement.
“China’s request for consultations… is completely baseless” because the US tariffs “address the national security threat posed by imports of steel and aluminium” and are not part of a safeguard action, USTR said.