GENEVA / BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled on Tuesday that the US violated world trade rules by imposing multibillion-dollar tariffs during US President Donald Trump's trade war with China. This ruling angered Washington.
The Trump administration argues that tariffs imposed two years ago on more than $ 200 billion of Chinese goods were justified on the grounds that China was stealing intellectual property and coercing American companies to transfer technology as a condition of access to Chinese markets.
However, the three-member WTO commission ruled that US duties violate trade rules as they apply only against China and exceed the maximum rates agreed with the US. At that time, Washington did not adequately substantiate why its measures are a justified exception, the commission concluded.
(Emma Farge and Philip Blenkinsop with contributions from David Lowder, Andrea Shalal, Doina Chiaku, Steve Holland in Washington, and Meg Shen in Beijing. Translated by Olga Beskrovnova. Editor Anna Kozlova)