BEIJING, China on Monday urged the United States to revoke protective measures which violate rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to bring the bilateral trade of related products back to normal.
The US measures against imports from a minority of countries abuses the security exception clause of the WTO and seriously goes against the principle of non-discrimination in the multilateral trade system, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said in an online statement.
"China's interests were seriously damaged," the statement added.
The Ministry proposed tariffs for US products worth about 3.0 billion US dollars on March 23 to balance losses caused by a protectionist and unilateral decision from the US to impose a 25 per cent tariff on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum imports.
Public opinion had been solicited until March 31. Based on strong support, China decided to put the measures into effect, the Ministry said.
The statement was released to comment on China's announcement to discontinue tariff concessions on some US products beginning Monday.
The Ministry of Finance said Monday that China had decided to impose a tariff of 15 per cent on 120 items of products imported from the US, including fruits and related products, and a tariff of 25 per cent on eight items of imports, including pork and related products from the US.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK