China files WTO complaint over Trump steel tariffs

China files WTO complaint over Trump steel tariffs
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China on Tuesday filed a World Trade Organization (WTO) complaint to challenge President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, the Associated Press reported.

China has asked for 60 days to discuss the aluminum and steel tariffs with the U.S. If talks fail, China would then request the WTO’s panel of trade experts hand down a ruling.

China says the United States’s 25 percent tariffs on imported steel and 10 percent tariffs on imported aluminum violate international trade rules.


China produces steel and aluminum at levels that exceed demand. Its trading partners argue that it then sells the metals at exceedingly low prices that negatively impact jobs in their own countries.

Last month, China planned to implement $3 billion worth of tariffs on U.S. products that were seen as retaliation for Trump's tariffs.

Trump then escalated the trade dispute by suggesting $50 billion in tariffs on China, causing China to retaliate with planned tariffs on an equal number of U.S. goods.

Trump has also recently ordered officials to consider another $100 billion worth of tariffs on China.