USTR launches investigation on Chinese shipbuilding practices

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US Trade Representative  (USTR) Katherine Tai has now formally announced intentions to address allegations against China’s practices in the shipbuilding sector by launching an investigation. This action follows a petition filed by five labour unions, which accuses China of employing non-market strategies to dominate global shipbuilding and maritime sectors. The White House supports this investigation, highlighting concerns about China’s influence over the global market and its potential threats to US national security. In addition, US President Biden also calls on the trade representative to consider tripling the existing tariff rate on Chinese steel and aluminum imports from the existing rate of 7.5%.  China is denouncing the probe as a politically motivated “mistake,” stating that technological innovation by enterprises and active participation in market competition has developed its shipbuilding industry.

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