GENEVA, April 11 The United States and China
have both appealed against recent rulings in disputes at the
World Trade Organization (WTO), filings published by the WTO
showed on Friday.
The United States said it wanted to correct some legal
issues in a case that it brought jointly with the European Union
and Japan, handing China a heavy defeat over its restrictions on
exports of rare earth metals.
The filing said the U.S. concerns would not need to be dealt
with if there was no appeal from China. China has not appealed
the ruling, but it still has time to do so, with a 60 day window
from the time of the ruling on March 26.
In a separate filing, China lodged an appeal in a WTO case
that it brought to challenge U.S. punitive tariffs on exports
including photovoltaic cells and modules, windtowers and certain
steel and aluminium products.
Although Beijing scored a partial victory in that case, by
successfully saying the United States had been wrong to punish
some Chinese exports twice over, it lost the bulk of the
argument against U.S. laws targeting unfair trade subsidies.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams)