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Foreign Minister of Germany: New EU Anti-dumping Rules Must Accord with WTO Regulations

On May 24, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel of Germany jointly met the press in Beijing after their talks.

Wang Yi expressed that China attaches great importance to the obligation of the Article 15 of China's Accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel expressed during the talks just now that all parties should carry out their due obligations as it is a "sunset clause," and any revision of the EU law in the next stage should be in line with the WTO rules without discrimination against any country. China appreciates Germany's positive attitude on promoting settlement of the issue and hopes to see Germany exert constructive influences as a major EU country to promote the early settlement of the issue.

Sigmar Gabriel expressed that China should have automatically gained market economy status at the end of last year according to the Article 15 of China's Accession to the WTO. All parties should fulfill their obligations. Germany will make positive efforts in the EU so that the EU trade remedy measures do not merely focus on whether a target country has a market economy status, but on whether it has dumping practices or actions that go against the WTO rules. They should not discriminate against any country, including China. The stance of Germany is very clear that the new EU anti-dumping rules must accord with WTO regulations.

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