New energy vehicles top China's list of subsidy questions for U.S.

From Reuters - October 13, 2017

GENEVA (Reuters) - China sent the World Trade Organization 50 questions about U.S. subsidy programs on Friday, asking for more information on federal and state support for new energy vehicles, industrial energy efficiency, agriculture and in other areas.

The WTO has strict rules on subsidies and every member has to declare how their subsidy programs work, to ensure they are not breaching trade rules by giving their own national firms an unfair advantage. Chinas 10-page list of questions focused on the U.S. notification of its subsidy programs in 2015.

As far as China knows, Obama began to vigorously support the new energy vehicle sector at the start of his presidency, China said, citing Section 205 of the U.S. Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008.

As for local governments, according to the statistics from non-governmental organizations in the United States, 37 states in the United States have introduced policies in support of new energy vehicles, it said.

Can the United States explain when these subsidies will be notified?


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