US drags India, China to WTO over subsidy programmes

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Washington, Oct 7: The United States on Thursday dragged China and India to the World Trade Organisation over subsidy programmes implemented by the world's two fastest growing economies, with a top Obama Administration official terming the situation as intolerable.

"The situation was simply intolerable," US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said. Noting that every member of the WTO is required to come clean on their subsidy programmes on a regular basis, Kirk said China has not notified its subsidy programmes in over five years.

"India only recently filed its first notification in almost ten years and even then, notified only three of the many subsidy programmes we know to exist," he said. "Because China and India have failed to meet their respective obligations, we had to act -- as we are entitled to under the WTO rules -- and provide the voluminous information we have developed regarding subsidy programmes in these two countries," he said.

Kirk announced that the US has submitted information to the WTO identifying nearly 200 subsidy programmes that China has failed to notify as per WTO rules. Information was also submitted on 50 subsidy programmes in India not previously notified, he said. Through these actions at the WTO, the United States is seeking the prompt provision of detailed information and data from China and India regarding the operation of these subsidy programmes, the USTR said.

PTI

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