DS: China — Measures Concerning Trade in Goods and Services

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Complaint by the European Union

On 27 January 2022, the European Union requested consultations with China with regard to measures allegedly imposed by or attributable to China on the importation of goods from, and exportation of goods to, the European Union and on trade in services between the European Union and China.

The European Union claimed that the measure or series of measures at issue appear to be inconsistent with:

  • Articles I:1, V:6, X:3(a), XI:1, and XVII of the GATT 1994;
  • Article 1.2 of China's Accession Protocol, in conjunction with paragraphs 46 and 342 of the Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China;
  • Articles 7 and 10 of the Trade Facilitation Agreement;
  • Articles 2 and 8 and paragraph 1(a) of Annex C of the SPS Agreement; and
  • Articles II:1, VIII, XI:1, XVI, and XVII:1 of the GATS.

On 8 February 2022, Australia requested to join the consultations. On 9 February 2022, Chinese Taipei requested to join the consultations. On 10 February 2022, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States requested to join the consultations.


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