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China to file complaint with WTO against US tariffs on $16b Chinese goods: MOC

Updated: Aug 23,2018 3:05 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China said it will file a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against US tariffs on $16 billion worth of Chinese goods under the Section 301 investigation, according to the Ministry of Commerce (MOC).

By launching the complaint under the WTO dispute settlement mechanism, China is to safeguard free trade and multilateral mechanisms as well as its legitimate rights and interests, an MOC spokesperson said in an online statement on Aug 23.

By willfully imposing the tariffs on Aug 23, the US has obviously violated WTO rules, according to the statement.

“China firmly opposes it and has to once again take necessary countermeasures,” it said.

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