WTO Accepts U.S., Mexico Trade Complaint Against China

Sept. 4, 2007
China says actions driven by politics.

China said a complaint by the United States and Mexico over Chinese tax breaks that led to a World Trade Organization investigation was based on a "huge misunderstanding" and political agendas.

The WTO's Dispute Settlement Body on Friday accepted the complaint targeting China's industrial subsidies that the two countries claim unfairly give Chinese products a competitive edge on the world market.

"The Chinese side thinks the suitors' actions are motivated by domestic politics," said a statement posted on the Chinese Commerce Ministry's website on Monday. "They attempt to mix up the self improvement in China's tax laws and regulations with the fruits of the WTO's dispute settlement mechanism."

The complaint was initially filed in February but was blocked by China in July as the Asian giant was allowed to do under the global trade body's rules. The commerce ministry statement said the complaint ignored the improvements China has made in updating its tax policies in line with the global trade body's regulations and was based on a "huge misunderstanding" about current Chinese rules.

"Some of the subsidies in their lawsuit have already been scrapped, and China's policies will also be in line with the WTO regulations after the Enterprise Income Tax Law comes into effect," said the statement.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2007

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