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China Files Another Complaint With WTO Over Proposed $200B Tariffs

The Trump administration said it would impose additional tariffs worth $200 billion on Chinese goods in retaliation for China's retaliatory tariffs.
Posted at 7:49 PM, Jul 16, 2018

China filed another complaint with the World Trade Organization over the Trump administration's plan to impose an additional $200 billion in tariffs on the country, according to a state news outlet. This comes after China promised to do so last week. 

The U.S. imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods on July 6. China retaliated with tariffs in the same amount on U.S. goods.

China said recent tariffs on Chinese products "are a clear violation of the basic WTO principle of most-favored-nation treatment as well as the basic spirit and principles of international law."

One of the World Trade Organization's goals is to reduce barriers to international trade. Its formation, combined with deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement, limited and sometimes completely eliminated tariffs.

The Trump administration claims its tariffs on steel and aluminum don't violate WTO rules because they're being imposed to protect U.S. national security. 

China says it doesn't want a trade war but it isn't afraid of having one, according to NPR.