Lighthizer: U.S. loss in China NME dispute would be ‘cataclysmic’ for WTO

June 22, 2017

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer believes the World Trade Organization dispute brought by China against the U.S. over the Commerce Department’s treatment of China as non-market economy in trade remedy cases is a top litigation priority for USTR, telling lawmakers a loss in the dispute would have serious consequences for the WTO.

[Jack Caporal] June 21st, 2017 [Inside Trade]

Lighthizer also updated senators on the status of deals struck with China under the initial outcomes of a bilateral 100-day plan, as well as additional steps the administration is considering with Beijing.

During a June 21 hearing on President Trump’s trade agenda and budget, Lighthizer told the Senate Finance Committee the non-market economy fight “is without question the most serious litigation matter we have at the WTO right now. And I have made it very clear that a bad decision with respect to non-market economy status with China … would be cataclysmic for the WTO."

Lighthizer was responding to a question from Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) about the administration’s efforts to beat back China’s request to be treated as a market economy for the purposes of antidumping cases.

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