China files WTO complaint against US subsidies to safeguard its electric vehicle sector

China Initiates WTO Dispute Against U.S. Over Electric Vehicle Subsidies

China Initiates WTO Dispute Against U.S. Over Electric Vehicle Subsidies

China’s Dispute with the U.S. at WTO

The Chinese mission at the World Trade Organization (WTO) announced that China has initiated dispute settlement proceedings against the United States to protect its interests in the electric vehicle industry.

Reason for Dispute

China is challenging what it calls “discriminatory subsidies” provided under the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). These subsidies allegedly lead to the exclusion of goods from China and other WTO countries.

Concerns Over Subsidies

The Chinese mission stated that these subsidies, under the guise of addressing climate change and reducing carbon emissions, are actually tied to purchasing goods from the United States or specific regions.

U.S. Response

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai mentioned that Washington is reviewing China’s request for WTO consultations regarding parts of the inflation reduction act of 2022 and its implementation.

China’s Stance

China aims to safeguard the legitimate interests of its electric vehicle industry and ensure fair competition in the global market by launching these dispute proceedings.

Appeals Process

If the WTO rules in favor of China, the United States could potentially appeal the decision in light of the ongoing issues with the WTO’s Appellate Body.

Call for Reforms

The United States is advocating for reforms to the WTO’s Appellate Body, citing concerns of overreach. Negotiations for reforms are underway, but obstacles remain.

WTO rulings on trade disputes typically take around six months to be finalized, but delays are common.

Reporting by Emma Farge, Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber in Geneva, Bernard Orr in Beijing, and Jasper Ward in Washington; Editing by Alison Williams and William Maclean

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