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Brussels Split on Chinese Import Tariffs

With more cheap goods being imported from China, the EU is divided over imposing punitive taxes -- so-called 'dumping duties'

The European Commission is locked in a dispute over whether to impose punitive tariffs on cheap Chinese imports to the EU, with the issue expected to heat up a Wednesday regular meeting of 27 EU commissioners.

Commissioners from three leading EU states -- Germany, France and Italy -- have lined up in efforts to overrule a decision by their UK colleague in charge of trade, Peter Mandelson, not to recommend anti-dumping duties on air compressors from China, according to the Financial Times.