U.S. Filed Case Against China at W.T.O.

By Jieying Ding

The Obama administration accused Beijing of subsidizing services such as information technology and worker training for industries that aim at the export market, and filed a case at W.T.O., according to The New York Times. If the administration wins the case, China can be ordered to halt the subsidies, according to W.T.O rules. Although labeled as “clear-cut” by Representative Sander Levin, the case may prove tricky as the W.T.O may see it as indirect subsidies, which are widely used by many countries, including the U.S. The next step may be for the United States to explore alternative dispute mechanism, such as a dispute resolution panel in Geneva to rule.