Beijing: China announced it filed a World Trade Organisation challenge on Monday to US President Donald Trump's proposal for a tariff hike on USD 200 billion of Chinese goods, reacting swiftly amid deepening concern about the economic impact of their spiralling technology dispute.
China files WTO challenge to Donald Trump's USD 200 billion tariff hike
The USTR said last week that it proposed the levy in response to Beijing's decision to retaliate for US tariff hikes over complaints China is hurting American companies by stealing or pressuring foreign enterprises to hand over technology.
China criticised the move but has yet to say whether it would retaliate for the second round of tariffs. Its lopsided trade balance with the United States means it has only USD 80 billion of annual imports of American goods left for retaliation following its earlier measures. Beijing has stepped up diplomatic efforts to recruit support from Europe, South Korea and other trading partners but so far without success.