By Denna Bowman
China’s commerce ministry will urge US President Barack Obama not to impose duties on Chinese tyres because it could send a worrying signal about trade protectionism.
The US International Trade Commission recommended last week that duties of up to 55 percent should be placed on Chinese tyres coming into the country because they are disrupting the American markets.
However, China’s Ministry of Commerce said in a statement on its website that the recommendation “is not reasonable and lacks objective evidence, which would not only seriously hinder the normal China-U.S. tyre trade but also hurt the interests of U.S. tyre consumers.”
An official with the fair trade bureau in the Chinese ministry said in the statement that Beijing was very concerned by the case and would firmly stand against any punitive measures imposed on Chinese tyre products.
The official added that China would urge Washington not to take any safeguard measures and not to “send wrong signals of trade protectionism”.
Four members of the six-member U.S. trade commission recommended that Obama impose additional duties of 55 percent in the first year, 45 percent in the second year, and 35 percent in the third year on imports of passenger vehicle and light truck tyres from China.
The trade commission will formally submit its recommendations to Obama in a report next month. He will then have until September to decide what, if any, action to take.