Chinese TV Makers May Overturn U.S. Anti-Dumping Rulings
Jul 23, 2004
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China's TV makers are preparing to file fresh appeals against the "final ruling" passed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, according to some industry experts.

It is widely believed that the anti-dumping case is far from being closed and that WTO may force the United States to correct its ruling, thus opening up new ground for Chinese electrical appliance makers headed by Changhong to remain on the U.S. market.

Chinese TV makers have won virtually all the legal issues that can be won in their early-stage defense, including giving the lie to the "emergency conditions" allegation in the primary ruling and changing the way of dumping calculation, thus halving "dumping range" by half.

Sichuan Changhong and other major TV manufacturers have brought the case before the U.S. Court of International Trade. They would accuse the U.S. of violating the "non-attribution" principle, accusing the region of being unfair in procedure and being arbitrary in using alternative data.

In the final ruling, it is being said that the U.S. International Trade Commission violated the "non-attribution" principle laid down in the anti-dumping agreement of GATT, as it has not analyzed the impact of other factors, including non-targeted products and new technology, and it also used data from Web sites arbitrarily.

Officials from the China Chamber of Commerce for the Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products also confirmed they are studying the specific details of possible third stage WTO appeal.

It is possible that the World Trade Organization might overturn the unfair ruling by the U.S. and force Washington to withdraw its decision, WTO analysts predict. (XIC)

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