WASHINGTON Feb 18 U.S. trade officials on
Friday confirmed that the World Trade Organization has issued a
preliminary ruling in a case against Chinese export
restrictions on certain industrial raw materials but said they
could not comment yet on the decision.
"We can confirm that a WTO panel issued its confidential
interim report in the dispute brought by the United States
against China challenging China's export restraints on various
industrial raw materials used as inputs in the manufacture of
steel, aluminum and chemical products," said Nefeterius
McPherson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative's
"Under WTO rules, this interim report is confidential and
we cannot comment on its contents at this time," she said.
"The report will be made public when it is circulated to
WTO members. We currently expect the final report to be
circulated sometime in late spring or early summer of 2011."
(Reporting by Doug Palmer; Editing by Will Dunham)