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US-China tensions

WTO finds Trump tariffs on China breach trading rules

Panel says Washington has failed to demonstrate why levies are justifiable

The World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.   © Reuters

GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters)  -- The World Trade Organization ruled on Tuesday that tariffs imposed by the United States on more than $200 billion of Chinese products in 2018 were inconsistent with global trading rules.

A three-person panel ruled that Washington had not shown why the tariffs, imposed after an investigation into forced transfer of technology and intellectual property, were a justifiable exception to Washington's obligations.

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