President Donald Trump’s tariffs against more than $200 billion in Chinese goods are illegal, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
The Trump administration has justified the tariffs based on China’s ongoing theft of American intellectual property, which reportedly costs the U.S. economy up to $600 billion each year. The WTO sided with China against the U.S., arguing it was illegal for the Trump administration to only target products from China, and saying Trump hasn’t sufficiently proven the tariffed products benefit from China’s theft, the Associated Press reported.
The Trump administration has consistently ramped up tariffs against China since 2018, currently imposing 25 percent tariffs on roughly $234 billion of Chinese goods. The WTO ruling would allow China to impose retaliatory tariffs. While the U.S. can appeal Tuesday’s ruling, the WTO body responsible for handling appeals is currently out of commission as the U.S. has refused to approve any new members, according to the AP. (RELATED: Josh Hawley Introduces A Bill Cracking Down On Big Tech Exports To China)
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