China launches WTO challenge against US intellectual property tariffs

Geneva (AFP) – China has launched a World Trade Organization challenge against Washington’s proposal to slap $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports over Beijing’s alleged theft of intellectual property and technology, documents published Thursday showed. 

In the text released by the WTO, China’s delegation requested “consultations” with Washington “concerning the proposed tariffs (and) measures that the United States accords to certain goods in various sectors including machinery, electronics, etc. originating in China.”

A “request for consultations” is the first step in a full blown legal challenge at the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body.