US berates Chinese export restrictions

24 June 2009

25 June 2009 | Jake Kanter

The US has complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about limits China has placed on raw material exports.

Speaking at a press conference in Washington yesterday, US trade ambassador Ron Kirk said there was a "major problem" with China "unfairly restricting exports of raw materials".

The EU also made a similar complaint yesterday. The WTO has strict rules on restraining exports, but China said its policies were within the regulations and it would handle the complaint appropriately.

The 'restricted' commodities include coke, which is used to make steel.

Kirk said: "These actions are hurting American steel, aluminium and chemical manufacturers, among other industries, that desperately need these materials to make their products."

The measures would endanger "thousands of jobs" in America, he said.

"We are troubled that this appears to be a conscious policy to create unfair preferences for Chinese industries by making raw materials cheaper for their companies and goods more economical for them to produce."

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