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US urged not to implement WTO ruling.

WASHINGTON: The United States should refuse to implement a World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling that would weaken its ability to use countervailing duty laws against subsidised goods from China, a coalition of labour and business groups have said.

In a series of increasingly alarming decisions over the past decade by the Appellate Body of the WTO, the application of the US trade remedy laws to offset unfair trade has repeatedly been struck down," the Committee to Support US Trade Laws said in a statement.

The most recent decision on March 11 undercuts the US' ability to use countervailing duties to offset Chinese subsidies, and the committee "calls on the U.S. government to decline to implement this report," the group said.

The ruling goes beyond internationally negotiated disciplines on the use of countervailing duties, Gilbert Kaplan, the group's president, said in an interview.

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said the decision appeared 'to be a clear case of overreaching by the Appellate Body'. US lawmakers also have criticized the ruling, which they said would make it hard for the US to fight the trade-distorting effects of China's state capitalism.

Rather than simply implement the decision by changing US trade remedy laws, US should "look at the whole range of options," Kaplan said. Those include trying to negotiate an agreement with China that would allow the US to maintain current practices.

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Date:Mar 26, 2011
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