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China says US solar tariffs violate trade rules, lodges WTO complaint

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning took to Twitter, as he often does, to lambaste some of his favourite targets: the U.S. Justice Department, the "rigged Russian witch hunt" (a.k.a. the Robert Mueller investigation), and of course, undocumented immigrants.

"As the US measures severely damaged Chinese trade interests, China's choice to resort to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is a necessary move to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and multilateral trade rules", a spokesperson with the ministry said.

In part to press Ankara to release U.S. Evangelical pastor Andrew Brundson, Trump raised tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent, and aluminum duties to 20 percent.

Trump defended solar tariffs as necessary to protect U.S. producers, saying import prices were unfairly low due to subsidies and other inappropriate subsidies.

China's commerce ministry said: "As the United States violations have severely distorted the global market for products like photovoltaics and seriously damaged China's trade interests, China's use of the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is a necessary measure to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and..."

"The solar problem has existed for years".

In response, South Korea, one of USA major sources of washing machine imports, said it will "actively respond to US trade protectionism". In order to protect its trade interests, China has deemed necessary to resort to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. Only a fraction went to the United States, with India the biggest market. That led to complaints it was undermining the global trade body.

Following that, Washington imposed its first round of 25 tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6 in response to complains Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded with similar penalties.

One Chinese executive, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that USA solar tariffs were a "sideshow" and had little effect on Chinese business.

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