WTO: by imposing duties against China, the US violated international trade rules

In response, the US accused the WTO of failing to stop Beijing’s “harmful technological practices.”

The World Trade Organization has ruled that additional duties imposed by the US on Chinese goods in 2018 violate international trade rules.

A panel of three WTO trade experts said Washington violated international norms when it imposed tariffs on a range of goods from China in 2018.

Since March 2018, the US has imposed tariffs on $ 400 billion in exports from China.

“The United States failed in its duty to prove that these measures were temporarily justified,” the Commission’s report said.

The administration of Donald Trump explained the introduction of duties as a need to counter Beijing’s unfair trade practices and intellectual property theft.

“The Commission’s report confirms what the Trump administration has been saying for four years, which is that the WTO is completely unfit to stop China’s harmful technological practices,” US trade representative Robert Lighthizer said after the WTO opinion emerged.