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EU urged to do Chinese companies justice

By Luo Lan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:03, March 30, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, recently announced that it would review 52 anti-dumping measures against aluminum foil, bicycles, ceramic tiles, and many other products imported from China. A large number of affected Chinese companies are likely to apply for a review, and certain unjustifiable E.U. countervailing duties may be abolished. However, experts warned that the review is just the first step in the European Union’s mistake rectifying process, calling for greater sincerity and more concrete actions from the union.

Delayed justice for Chinese companies

A WTO ruling in favor of China issued last year required the European Union to review its anti-dumping measures.

On July 31, 2009, China appealed the fastening pieces anti-dumping measures taken by EU to China and EU's "basic anti-dumping regulations" to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. On July 15, 2011, the WTO ruled that EU's "basic anti-dumping regulations" on separate tax rate and EU's fastening pieces anti-dumping measures to China, violated the WTO rules.

The EU did not immediately correct their errors on the ruling of the WTO but declared reexamination after nine months. On March 23, 2012, the European Commission finally announced to reexamine 52 anti-dumping measures to China and invite interested parties to put forward an application for reexamination so that the European Commission can make decisions whether they will repeal, amend or maintain the measures.

China welcomed the behavior of the EU. An official of the Department of Treat and Law of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China said that China hopes the EU can implement the WTO's ruling as soon as possible, correct the behavior of violating the WTO rules and give Chinese enterprises a fair and equitable treatment to promote healthy development of the bilateral trade.

It depends on the result of the reexamination whether China will benefit or not.

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