China lodges tariff case at World Trade Organization against the U.S.

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China has lodged a case against the United States with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over U.S. import duties.

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The Chinese commerce ministry said on Monday that the United States began imposing 15% tariffs on a variety of Chinese goods on Sunday – including footwear, smart watches and flat-panel televisions – as China began imposing new duties on U.S. crude, the latest escalation in a bruising trade war.

The latest tariffs actions violated the consensus reached by leaders of China and the U.S. in a meeting in Osaka, the commerce ministry said in the statement.

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China will firmly defend its legal rights in accordance with WTO rules, it said.

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