World Trade Organization Upholds American Tariffs on Tires From China

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World Trade Organization Upholds American Tariffs on Tires From China

New York Times – WASHINGTON — The World Trade Organization on Monday upheld the Obama administration’s decision last year to impose tariffs of up to 35 percent on tires from China, rejecting a complaint by Beijing that the punitive duties violated international agreements.

Reuters reported Tuesday that the Chinese Ministry of Commerce planned to appeal the W.T.O. ruling. The ministry said in a statement on its Web site that it was ‘‘deeply concerned’’ about negative consequences from the Monday ruling. ‘‘The U.S. safeguard measures adopted toward Chinese tires are trade protectionism intended to shift domestic political pressure,’’ the statement said, according to Reuters. ‘‘They are not in line with W.T.O. rules and have been widely criticized.’’

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