GENEVA, July 18 (Xinhua) -- The World Trade
Organization (WTO) on Friday ruled against China over its auto parts dispute
with the United States, the European Union and Canada.
The formal verdict, released by a WTO expert panel,
maintained an interim ruling delivered in February.
It largely upheld U.S., EU, and Canadian complaints
that Chinese tax measures on imported auto parts violated WTO rules.
China considers auto parts as a complete vehicle if
they account for 60 percent or more of the value of a final vehicle and charges
a higher tariff on them.
Chinese trade officials said the measure is meant to
keep "lawbreakers" from exploiting the differences between tariff rates for
importing entire automobiles and auto parts, and to protect consumer interests.
However, the three complainants argue that the
Chinese tax measure deters auto-makers from using imported parts to build cars
in the country, which costs jobs abroad.
This is the first time that the WTO has ruled against
China in a trade dispute.
China still has the right to appeal.