The European Union challenged China, one of its biggest trade partners, at the World Trade Organization on Thursday over tariffs on imports of stainless steel pipes, in the latest of a series of disputes that has sparked fears of a trade war breaking out.
Workers arrange steel pipes at a factory in Huaibei, eastern China on December 1, 2011. The European Union says it is taking China, one of its biggest trade partners, to the World Trade Organization over Chinese tariffs on imported EU stainless steel pipes.
The EU "today requested consultations with China" at the WTO, it said, charging that its anti-dumping duties were "incompatible with WTO law, both on procedural and on substantive grounds."
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