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China Appeals WTO Ruling Over Trump Era’s Solar-Panel Tariffs By Bloomberg


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(Bloomberg) — China appealed a World Trade Organization dispute ruling that rejected the nation’s claims against the U.S. relating to safeguard measures that the Trump administration imposed on solar panels imported from Chinese manufacturers.

Earlier this month, a WTO panel said China failed to establish that Washington’s safeguards against imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells are inconsistent with the WTO’s rules on the measures. The WTO received an email from China on Monday advising it of the appeal decision.

This case is from 2018, when Donald Trump declared four years of tariffs and import caps on panels to address a U.S. bankruptcy solar producer who claimed it was being harmed due to cheap imports mainly from Asia. 

The WTO appellate body lacks a quorum of members to sign off on new rulings, which means China’s move will effectively act as a veto of the ruling because the case was appealed into a legal void. 

China said it “regrets that currently no division of the appellate body can be established to hear this appeal,” according to a document published on the WTO’s website.

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