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U.S. files trade complaint against China over duties on key raw materials

U.S. files trade complaint against China over duties on key raw materials

Tensions are rising between the U.S. and China and not just on the presidential campaign trail.

A day after an international tribunal ruled against China’s claim to “historic rights” for a vast part of the South China Sea, the Obama administration said on Wednesday it filed a formal trade complaint against the Asian superpower challenging export duties on nine key raw materials.

In an enforcement action launched with the World Trade Organization, the U.S. said China failed to abide by a commitment to eliminate duties of 5% to 20% charged on exports of materials, including cobalt, copper, graphite, lead and tin. 

The materials are...

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