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China Welcomes WTO's Final Ruling on US Trade

by 5m Editor
26 October 2010, at 12:38pm

CHINA - China has welcomed the World Trade Organization's (WTO) final ruling that US restrictions on Chinese poultry imports are inconsistent with WTO regulations.

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) made the comments today, according to an official source.

The ruling was announced yesterday, 25 October, in a report from the WTO's Disputes Settlement Body (DSB).

The US ban on Chinese poultry product imports has damaged China's poultry industry, undermining the interests and rights of Chinese enterprises, an unnamed official from the MOC's Department of Treaty and Law said in a statement on the MOC web site.

The ruling makes it clear the US's restrictive measures lack legal basis, said the official, adding that China hopes the US will scrap the ban.

In 2004, China and the US stopped importing poultry products from each other because of bird flu fears.

China called off its ban on US poultry imports when the H1N1 bird flu alert was cancelled but the US did not end its ban on Chinese poultry product imports.

At the request of China, a WTO panel was established to investigate the case on 23 September 2009.

Further Reading

- You can view the WTO Panel report on the US-China poultry dispute by clicking here.