Wednesday, November 21, 2007

“No Harm, No Foul”: China Wins Trade Dispute on Paper Exports

As reported by the New York Times, the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) handed a victory to the Chinese government and a few glossy paper exporters in their trade dispute with the U.S. government over “illegal subsidies.”

Notably, the USITC refused to endorse tariffs on Chinese glossy paper as requested by American producers, and it “threw out” duties on Chinese imports “authorized” by the Bush government. The reason for this ruling against the American parties is that the USITC found no “material injury” or “threat of material injury” to American manufacturers, despite allegations of illegal subsidies by the Chinese government.

Currently, industries such as steel and tire are also seeking relief, and of course the key to their success seems be to evidence of “material injury” or threat thereof.

China Hearsay looks beyond these trade cases and rulings, and sees glimpse of protectionism in the U.S. and the EU.

Maybe, the Chinese government and those Chinese glossy paper exporters will have something to be thankful for at this time of the year.

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