China unperturbed by trade war at the street level - Reuters Poll

China says US solar tariffs violate trade rules, lodges WTO complaint

"As the US measures severely damaged Chinese trade interests, China's choice to resort to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is a necessary move to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and multilateral trade rules", a spokesperson with the ministry said.

In the latest development, Turkey announced Wednesday that it will increase tariffs on USA imports including rice, vehicles, alcohol, coal and cosmetics, in response to Trump's decision last Friday to double the tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum.

"[Competition will be] internal, like it used to be in the old days when we actually had steel, and U.S. Steel was our greatest company", Tump told The Journal.

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On Monday, the Turkish currency hit a record low of 7.24 against the United States dollar in Asia Pacific trading. Turkey has accused the USA of waging an "economic war" as part of a plot to harm the country.

Despite Trump's praise, The Journal notes that, though some some steelmakers are expanding production in the USA, other US manufacturers are still dependent on imported metals.

Washington took action under a 1974 USA law instead of through the WTO.

Trump, in recent months, has frequently complained that other countries are treating the U.S.as a "piggy bank" and that the U.S.is being "robbed" by their trade policies.

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The U.S. measures are suspected of violating WTO Agreement on Safeguards.

China has tried to portray itself as a defender of the WTO's trade system. It has attempted to recruit European and other governments as allies against Washington, but they echo US complaints about Chinese market barriers and industrial policy.

The U.S. solar action "seriously damaged China's trade interests" and "also affects the seriousness and authority of WTO rules", said a Commerce Ministry statement. One day later, the WTO received a complaint filed by India against the United States.

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The new round of tariffs marked the completion of Trump's threat to impose $50 billion of import taxes on Chinese goods, the first $34 billion of which went into effect on July 6. One Chinese executive told Reuters that US solar tariffs were a "sideshow" and had little effect on Chinese business. China responded with similar penalties on American imports.

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