China to US: Be Prudent on Aluminum Duties

Frederick Owens
August 10, 2017

The Chinese challenge will likely heighten tension between the world's two largest economies as Washington threatens further action against China's steel and aluminium sectors.

The Aluminum Association, a lobby group for USA aluminum manufacturers, described the Chinese government subsidies as "unfair" and praised the decision to tax Chinese aluminum imports.

China urged the USA government Thursday to act "prudently" to avoid damaging economic relations between the two countries, in a strongly worded response to Washington's preliminary decision to place anti-dumping duties on Chinese aluminum foil.

In a statement posted on its website Thursday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said the us claims were "without foundation".

The Trump administration is considering a plan to tax aluminum foil imports from China after finding that the country China is heavily subsidizing aluminum foil.

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"This is an important step to begin restoring a level playing field for USA aluminum foil production, an industry that supports more than 20,000 direct, indirect and induced American jobs and accounts for $6.8 billion in economic activity", Association President Heidi Brock said in a statement. The Aluminum Association, a US industry lobby group, applauded the move.

The U.S. Commerce Department said in its statement this week that two Chinese companies participated in the process. The next step in the trade action is a preliminary anti-dumping determination by the Commerce Department expected on October 5.

In its preliminary determination, Commerce's International Trade Administration called for tariffs ranging up to 80.97 percent on Chinese foil producers, handing an early win to the Aluminum Association, the industry coalition that petitioned for the tariffs earlier this year.

The Trump administration has given mixed messages on its trade stance toward China. Some analysts say they believe Trump held off in return for Chinese cooperation on United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

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