CORRECTED: WTO Panel Rejects China Mineral Export Limits

Law360, New York (July 5, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT) -- A World Trade Organization panel ruled Tuesday that China's restrictions on the export of certain raw materials violated international trade agreements, rejecting the country's claims that the measures were designed to conserve scarce resources and limit pollution.

The WTO dispute settlement body concluded that China's export quotas and duties on bauxite, magnesium, zinc and other minerals — used in a range of technologies — ran afoul of promises it made when it joined the WTO.

The decision marks a victory for the U.S., the European Union...
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