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China calls US's IPR probe 'irresponsible', warns of appropriate response

This could have an adverse impact on the trade ties between the world's top two economies

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

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on Monday warned that it will take "all appropriate measures" in response to probe ordered by the United States (US) President into Beijing's right (IPR) violations, which could have an adverse impact on the trade ties between the world's top two economies.

Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday formally initiated an investigation into China's practices under a rarely used trade law, sparking worries in over its lucrative trade ties with


Section 301, once heavily used in the 1980s and the early 1990s, allows the to unilaterally impose tariffs or other trade restrictions on foreign countries.

But the has rarely used the outdated trade tool since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) came into being in 1995.

Without specifying the measures, a spokesperson of China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said will take "all appropriate measures" to defend interests and will keep an eye on the investigation, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Terming the move as "irresponsible", the spokesperson said the criticism of China's protection was "not objective."

"is strongly discontented about such unilateral, protectionist practice," the spokesperson said in a statement.

Since the historic meeting between the presidents of both countries in April, the two sides have made solid progress, and the launch of the investigation sent a wrong signal to the world, the official said.

The spokesperson called for the to make joint efforts with to promote economic cooperation under the one-year plan and to strive to obtain bigger results.

"We urge the United States to respect facts, respect wishes from businesses of both countries for cooperation, respect multilateral rules, and act with prudence," the spokesperson said.

The US-bilateral trade last year totalled to $578.6 billion.

had the lion's share with its exports to the amounting to $462.8 billion against export of $115.8 billion.

The goods trade deficit with amounted to $347.0 billion, according to official figures.

First Published: Mon, August 21 2017. 19:47 IST
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