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WTO says U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods violated international trade rules – CNBC

US President Donald Trump and Chinas Vice Premier Liu He, the country’s top trade negotiator, hold a press conference before they sign a trade agreement with the US and China during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020.

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NEW YORK — The World Trade Organization ruled on Tuesday that additional tariffs imposed in 2018 by the United States on Chinese goods violated international trading rules, a blow to the Trump administration’s trade war against the world’s second largest economy.

A three-person panel of WTO trade experts said Washington broke with global regulations in 2018 when it slapped more than $200 billion in levies on a slew of Chinese goods. Since March 2018, the United States has imposed tariffs on $400 billion in Chinese exports.

“The United States has not met its burden of demonstrating that the measures are provisionally justified,” the panel said in a report. The panel offered an additional observation, saying the group was “very much aware of the wider context in which the WTO system currently operates, which is one reflecting a range of unprecedented global trade tensions.”

The White House and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

In a statement Tuesday, China’s Ministry of Commerce welcomed the WTO ruling, according to state-run news outlet CGTN.

The Trump administration has previously claimed that the
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