. Energy News .

US asks WTO to settle chicken trade row with China
by Staff Writers
Washington (AFP) Dec 8, 2011

The United States said Thursday it was asking the World Trade Organization to settle a dispute with China over Beijing's duties on US chicken imports.

Ratcheting up pressure in tense trade relations between the world's two largest economies, the Obama administration said it was taking the "next step" in its more than year-long complaint against China in an bid "to protect American jobs."

"The United States will not stand idly by while China appears to have misused its trade remedy laws and put American jobs at risk," US Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk said in a statement.

"We are serious about holding China accountable to its WTO commitments and ensuring that there is a level playing field for American businesses -- including our farmers."

Washington wants a WTO dispute settlement panel to address China's imposition of antidumping duties and countervailing duties on chicken 'broiler products' -- chickens less than 13 weeks old -- imported from the United States.

China imposed the duties beginning in August and September of 2010, claiming that the chicken products were subsidized and sold at less than fair value, or "dumped," into the Chinese market.

Prior to the duties, the United States was the largest exporter of broiler products to China. Since then US broiler chicken exports to China have fallen sharply, US officials said.

An estimated 300,000 US agricultural jobs are at risk from the impact of the duties, according to Kirk.

In September, the US asked the WTO to look at Beijing's allegedly unfair duties. Consultations were held with Beijing in late October "but were unable to resolve the dispute," the USTR said.

In requesting a WTO dispute settlement panel, Washington alleged that Chinese authorities failed to abide by applicable procedures and legal standards.

Those failures include finding injury to China's domestic poultry industry "without objectively examining the evidence, by improperly calculating dumping margins and subsidization rates, and by failing to adhere to various transparency and due process requirements," the USTR said.

The stepped-up US action to gain freer access to China's markets comes as President Barack Obama faces rising domestic political pressure over China's trade record from the Republican presidential field and in Congress.

Many in the United States blame Chinese trade and currency policies for the loss of jobs, particularly in manufacturing, and a massive trade gap.

With the unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, job creation is at the top of the agenda in the 2012 presidential campaign taking shape between Obama and his Republican foes.

Obama has targeted boosting exports to help the economy recover following a severe recession that ended in June 2009.

Related Links
Farming Today - Suppliers and Technology

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Wine dregs improve cow milk, cut methane emissions
Melbourne (AFP) Dec 8, 2011
Feeding dairy cows the stems, seeds and skins from wine grapes boosts milk production and dramatically cuts the animal's methane emissions, Australian researched published Thursday shows. Scientists found that supplementing the cows' feed with grape marc - the leftover material from wine-making - reduced cow emissions by 20 percent and increased milk production by five percent. It als ... read more

NASA Satellite Confirms Sharp Decline in Pollution from US Coal Power Plants

China launches remote-sensing satellite Yaogan XIII

Texas Drought Visible in New National Groundwater Maps

APL Proposes First Global Orbital Observation Program

China launches 10th satellite for independent navigation system

Authorities Gauge Impact of Europe's Galileo Navigation Satellite System

Russia's Glonass-M satellite put into orbit

ITT Exelis and Chronos develop offerings for the Interference, Detection and Mitigation market

Brazil cracks down on illegal logging in Amazon

Ecologists fume as Brazil Senate OKs forestry reform

Palm planters blamed for Borneo monkey's decline

Madagascar fishermen protect mangroves to save jobs

US Navy in big biofuel purchase

E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels

OSU study questions cost-effectiveness of biofuels and their ability to cut fossil fuel use

Mast from classic racing yacht holds one of the keys to sustainable biofuels

Enecsys and SMTC Partner to Build Next-Gen Solar Energy Conversion Technology

City of Dinuba Goes Solar

SCE and G and Boeing Flip the Switch on Large Rooftop Solar Project

Exceptional Aesthetics of Customized Solar Modules from Odersun Are Recognized

Mortenson Construction Completes Elk Wind Project

Enel: More new wind capacity in Iberia

AREVA Wind M5000-135 offshore turbine evolves proven M5000 platform

New Bladed link to offshore code checking tools

Four trapped miners found dead in China: Govt

Five rescued from collapsed Chinese mine

Coal mine collapse traps 12 in China

Death toll in China mine blast rises to 34

Filipino drug trafficker executed in China: Philippines

Nobel laureates campaign to free China's Liu

China arrests 600 in huge child trafficking bust

Wife of Australian jailed in China has cancer


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement