China Hopes to Resolve Trade Disputes With U.S. Properly

China hopes to resolve its differences with the U.S. properly, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said in response to a question about a trade dispute over poultry.

“China-U.S. trade relations are an important part of the bilateral relationship,” spokesman Hong Lei said at a briefing today in Beijing. “We hope the two sides can properly solve their differences and disputes.”

Hong was asked for China’s comments on a trade dispute that U.S. Trade Representative Ronald Kirk has taken to the World Trade Organization. Kirk asked the WTO to set up a panel to seek a settlement and is “serious about holding China accountable to its WTO commitments,” he said in an e-mail statement yesterday.

China set a duty of as much as 105.4 percent last year on U.S. broiler-chicken products. About 300,000 workers and farmers have been hurt by China’s actions, Kirk said in a Sept. 21 news conference.

China said in September its duties on American poultry are “in line” with WTO rules after the U.S. filed a complaint with the trade arbiter about the taxes, according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce. China imposed the duties in August and September 2010, claiming U.S. products were being sold in China at less than market value.

— With assistance by Nick Wadhams, and Michael Forsythe

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