WTO to China: Stop Tariffs on Imported Car Parts. China to WTO: Yeah, Right

Samir Syed
by Samir Syed
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The AP reports that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled against China regarding its commercial practices in the area of imported auto parts. According to the WTO, Chinese tariffs "accord imported auto parts less favourable treatment than like domestic auto parts." The tariffs make foreign parts more expensive, thus providing an incentive to manufacture parts locally (in China). The complaint was brought jointly by the U.S., Canada and the European Union, all of which have large manufacturing bases in the car industry, whose car industries have bled (sent?) thousands of jobs offshore over the last few years. The WTO is now calling on China to "to bring these inconsistent measures as listed above into conformity with its obligations." Don't hold your breath; China isn't exactly known for playing fair, and the WTO is as slow and toothless as a Giant Musk Turtle. "WTO cases tend to take years before retaliatory sanctions can be authorized, after the ruling is released," states the AP. By then, the Chinese parts markers will have copied all the parts anyway.

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  • Gardiner Westbound Gardiner Westbound on Feb 14, 2008

    Mirror tariffs will cure this real quick.

  • JJ JJ on Feb 14, 2008
    Mirror tariffs will cure this real quick. Hmm...countervailing measures might work for now but how long till that ends as well? Even worse; It's the same with terrorism and religious extremism or human rights and labour standards. For now (till now) the US (and the EU, since they are forced to finally get their act together) could always say hey Iran/North-Korea/dictator in Africa, quit doing that stuff or we'll use our political clout to make life miserable for you. But in the future, that political power will belong to China and India and who are they going to back up (if anyone). I mean, does China even have a development program for 3rd world countries (going by how they treat their own citizens I'm guessing no)? Are they going to nullify the debt of poor countries to them, like the Netherlands and other western countries always do? With the US following the example of Detroit and going bankrupt and all things might look bleak.

  • Taxman100 Taxman100 on Feb 14, 2008

    China plays to win - economically, politically, and militarily. The United States is basically run by Wall Street anymore, which plays to maximize short term profits at the expense of any other issue. They are completely blinded by greed. That is why nothing is done about illegal immigration, terrible trade deals, we pay to be the world's police (to expedite trade at all costs), and why they are now opening our trucking industry to third world carriers. Washington DC cares about you only enough to get your vote.