An e-mail from the USTR:
Ambassador Kirk to Make Trade Announcement: US to File WTO Case Against China
Five minutes from now, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will announce to the press that the United States has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with the People’s Republic of China regarding China’s export restraints on numerous important raw materials.
For American industrial manufacturers, this is a critical step toward market equality. China’s export restrictions on a broad range of raw materials have given unfair competitive advantages to their own manufacturers while raising the costs of doing business for U.S. companies, and we believe they violate bedrock WTO rules.
As this case proceeds, American businesses can expect U.S.T.R. to press vigorously for redress that will balance the scales and create high-quality opportunities for American workers.
Ambassador Kirk will outline the details of the case in his announcement. Full video of his remarks will be posted on the U.S.T.R. website as soon as it becomes available.
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