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China's anti-dumping tax on US cars justified

By Ye Xiaonan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

17:09, December 19, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

China began levying anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imports of U.S.-made sedans and sport utility vehicles with engine capacities above 2.5 liters starting on Dec. 15, 2011, and they will be in effect until Dec. 14, 2013, the Ministry of Commerce recently announced on its website.

Mercedes, GM, BMW's US operations affected

According to the statement, companies to be affected by the duties include General Motors Company, BMW Manufacturing Company in Spartanburg, and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. The duties vary from company to company.

Shen Danyang, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Commerce, said at a routine press conference on Dec. 15 that the ministry launched an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into certain vehicles imported from the United States following complaints by domestic automakers.

Throughout the investigation, the ministry adhered to the principle of objectivity, fairness and reasonableness, showed great respect for the rights of all stakeholders and made decisions according to the law and facts.

US subsidy, dumping practices harm China's auto industry

The ministry issued a final ruling on the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation on May 5 this year, stating that certain U.S. companies engage in dumping and subsidizing sedans and sport utility vehicles with engine capacities above 2.5 liters, which has harmed Chinese manufacturers of similar models. There is a cause-and-effect relationship between the material injury and the subsidy and dumping practices of U.S. carmakers.

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