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China asks U.S. to implement WTO ruling

  |   March 28, 2011 at 7:23 AM
BEIJING, March 28 (UPI) -- China Monday asked the United States to implement a recent World Trade Organization finding favoring Beijing relating to certain Chinese exports.

"We hope the United States implements the WTO ruling as soon as possible for stable and sound development of Sino-U.S. economic and trade relations," the official Xinhua news agency reported, quoting a Ministry of Commerce spokesman.

The WTO finding stems from anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by the United States on Chinese exports of steel pipes, woven sacks and some off-road tires.

A WTO panel last year supported the U.S. action but a WTO appeals panel earlier this month handed down a ruling favorable to China. The new ruling was seen as severely restricting the rights of importing countries to take punitive actions.

"The (winning of the) case is a great victory for China in using WTO rules to protect the country's rights and will greatly boost WTO members' confidence in multilateral rules," the ministry spokesman said.

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