Foreign media said that "China lost the WTO dispute with the EU" Ministry of Commerce: not consistent with the facts
On the evening of July 11, the person in charge of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Ministry of Commerce spoke on the termination of the litigation procedure in the WTO dispute case against the EU anti-dumping "surrogate country".
A reporter asked: Recently, some foreign media and some domestic media reported that China’s lawsuit against the EU’s anti-dumping “substitute country” practice in the WTO dispute has been terminated since June 15, claimed China lost the WTO dispute with the EU and tried to interpret the case as the WTO does not recognize China's "market economy status". What is your comment?
Answer: Such reports are not consistent with the facts and there are obvious legal errors.
First, after the termination of the litigation process in this case, there is no effective ruling in the WTO, and there is no saying of winning or losing. The termination of the litigation procedure in this case will neither affect China's position on disputed issues nor harm China's rights under the WTO rules. China’s position on Article 15 of the Protocol to China’s Accession to the WTO is clear. WTO members should fulfill their international obligations and stop using the “surrogate country” in anti-dumping investigations against China.
Second, the case has nothing to do with whether China is a "market economy country" or whether it has a "market economy status". The WTO has no definition and criteria for "market economy country" or "market economy status", nor is it authorized to determine the "market economy status" of any member. To confuse this case with the so-called "market economy country" and "market economy status" issues is a misunderstanding of the WTO rules.
Third, at present, the global COVID-19 epidemic continues to spread. Unilateralism and trade protectionism are increasingly worrying, and the multilateral trading system has been seriously affected. The primary task of WTO members is to strengthen unity, jointly maintain the authority and effectiveness of the multilateral trading system, and work together to restore the normal operation of the dispute settlement mechanism as soon as possible. As a member of the WTO, China firmly supports the multilateral trading system and looks forward to strengthening cooperation with all parties to jointly safeguard the rules-based multilateral trading system. (Liu Ying, CCTV reporter)