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Ottawa (People’s Daily) – In response to yesterday’s Globe and Mail piece that claimed China had “skipped the WTO dispute-resolution process,” a spokesperson from the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said the report was not critical of the side who had violated WTO rules, but only aimed at the victim who followed the rules, adding, “this reversal of right and wrong is unfair and unsavory.”
The accusations made by Canada’s leading newspaper also said China was defending its national interests in the rising Sino-US trade dispute.
“The US has flagrantly violated WTO rules and launched the Section 301 investigation against China based on their domestic laws, and then announced extra tariffs on Chinese products and restricted Chinese investments, but such actions are not allowed within the WTO framework,” said the Chinese embassy spokesperson.
The spokesperson claimed that the US violated the “Statement of Administrative Action,” first submitted to Congress by former President Bill Clinton when the WTO agreement was ratified in 1994.
“The US promised not to unilaterally determine whether practices of other countries violated WTO rules through the Section 301 investigation,” the spokesperson said, and later reminded that China has always, “strictly abided by WTO rules, and referred the US to the WTO dispute protocol procedures when it first implemented countermeasures against them.”