Japan launched its second-ever trade complaint against China at the World Trade Organization on Thursday, challenging Beijing’s claim that Japanese steel firms are competing unfairly in the world’s biggest steel market.
Japan’s case was filed the day after it won a WTO ruling against Canada and four days after a landslide election win for the Liberal Democratic Party, whose leader Shinzo Abe has talked tough in a territorial dispute with China.
The complaint seeks to overturn China’s decision to levy anti-dumping duties on Japanese exports of high performance stainless steel seamless tubes, which are used in coal-fired power plants.
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