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MOFCOM: raw materials export policy in line with WTO rules
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10:44, June 24, 2009

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U.S., EU file WTO complaints over Chinese raw materials

WTO case against China gathers steam

China's export policiy on raw materials is in accordance with WTO rules, said the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) in a statement issued on June 24, adding that China will properly handle this issue with other countries applying the WTO dispute settlement procedures.

Protection of environment and natural resources is the main purpose of China’s raw material export policies, said the MOFCOM in the statement

China has already received the US and the EU's WTO complaints. On the issues of export policies, China has always be in contact with them, according to the Ministry.

On June 15 in a regular press conference, Yao Jian, spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce recently said that the rise of export tariff was "based on the common interest of the whole world."

Environmental protection reflects the common interest and shared concern of the whole world and is the goal that both developing and developed countries are after. Adjustment of export policies on energy-consuming and high pollution products aims not only at improvement of China's export structure, but also for more effective protection of environment and natural resources.

However, it is impossible to guarantee the implementation of environmental protection policies without price intervention. The Chinese government is willing to make trade policies considering the common interests of the public, the whole society and the whole world.

By People's Daily Online

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