WTO Panel Rules against China's Export Restrictions on Raw Materials

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6 July 2011

SummaryIn a high profile dispute over access to Chinese natural resources, a WTO panel found that China violated international trade rules by restricting the exportation of nine raw materials, refuting Beijing's claim that these restrictions were based on environmental grounds. The panel sided in all key points with the EU, Mexico, and the US, which jointly initiated the case in 2009.