China challenges US poultry ban

China has launched the first World Trade Organisation case against the administration of President Barack Obama, challenging a US ban on Chinese poultry.

In a submission to the WTO, Beijing said Washington was breaking global commerce rules by preventing Chinese chicken parts from entering the US market.

Its request for consultation kicks off a 60-day consultation period, after which it can ask the WTO to launch a formal investigation. China and the US banned each other’s poultry in 2004 following an outbreak of bird flu, but China lifted the ban after a few months.


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