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China regrets WTO ruling on raw material exports

(Xinhua)

13:06, January 31, 2012

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Chinese officials regret that the World Trade Organization (WTO) has upheld its ruling against China in a raw materials export case, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Tuesday.

China welcomed the WTO's support for China's appeal on major issues in the case, under a process which allows the ruling body to correct some false judgements. But at the same time, it is regretful that the ruling has been upheld, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

In 2009, the United States, the European Union and Mexico filed a complaint to the WTO, claiming China's export restrictions on nine raw materials including zinc, coke and magnesium inflated global prices and gave an unfair advantage to the country's domestic producers.

China contended the restrictions that were placed on the materials on the basis of protecting the environment and exhaustible resources.

Last July, the WTO ruled China's export quota broke trade rules. China filed a complaint two months later, asking to cancel part of the ruling.

In the statement on the MOC's website, an official with the legal and treaty department of the ministry reiterated China has tightened the administration of energy-consuming and highly polluting resources in recent years.

"The WTO should not only uphold free trade but also allow members to take necessary steps to protect the environment and natural resources," according to the statement.

China will carefully evaluate the WTO's ruling and continue to enhance scientific administration of resource products based on WTO rules to realize sustainable development, it said.

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wende at 2012-01-3171.255.83.*
China should keep on with the appeal with WTO as it is essential for China's future. Why do OPEC members control their exploration and export of oil? Their concerns are the same with China's. Besides, why should China export more (percentage wise) than its reserve in rare earth materials. If China has 50% of the world's resources, it should not export 90%. It is that simple.
  

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