[Daily News | December 14, 2016 |Inside US Trade]
China's Foreign Ministry spokesman this week defended China's Dec. 12 decision to initiate a case at the WTO against the U.S. and the EU over their interpretation of a key provision in China's accession protocol – emphasizing that China is “dissatisfied” with countries that are “ambiguous” about the provision in question.
“Acknowledging the market economy status and honoring international obligations under Article 15 of the Protocol on China's Accession to the WTO are two different things,” Geng Shuang said during a Dec. 13 press conference. “Some people try to confuse them so that they can evade their responsibilities.”
“Second,” he added, “in accordance with Article 15 of the Protocol on China's Accession to the WTO, WTO members must end the 'surrogate country' practice in anti-dumping investigations against China by December 11 this year. They need to honor the international duty.”