The United States violated international regulations when it imposed tariffs on Chinese goods in 2018, the World Trade Organization has announced.
In a report released on Tuesday, a panel of WTO experts determined that the US did not have a satisfactory justification for placing tariffs on goods from China two years ago, in a move that escalated trade frictions between the two nations.
Calling the ruling made by a WTO expert panel "objective and fair," the spokesperson said it's a must for China to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests by resorting to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism to tackle the wrongful practices of the US unilateralism and trade protectionism. It also demonstrates China's firm determination to respect WTO rules and safeguard the authority of the multilateral trading system.
Noting that the multilateral trading system with the WTO at its core is the cornerstone of international trade, the spokesperson said China has always firmly supported and safeguarded the cornerstone and respected WTO rules and rulings.
China also hopes that the US side will fully respect the ruling of the WTO expert panel and the rules-based multilateral trading system, take concrete actions and work with China and other WTO members to jointly safeguard the multilateral trading system and promote stable and sound development of the world economy, the spokesperson said.