January 12, 2017 / 3:16 AM / 7 months ago

U.S. expected to launch WTO complaint over Chinese aluminum subsidies

Aluminium ingots are seen outside a warehouse that stores London Metal Exchange stocks in Port Klang Free Zone, outside Kuala Lumpur, March 23, 2015.Olivia Harris/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration is expected to launch a complaint against Chinese aluminum subsidies with the World Trade Organization on Thursday, a person familiar with the matter said.

The complaint will likely add to rising trade tensions between the world's two largest economies as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office next week with pledges to reduce U.S. trade deficits with China as a top priority.

The complaint, to be filed by the U.S. Trade Representative's office, is expected to cite "artificially cheap loans" from Chinese banks and low-priced inputs for Chinese aluminum makers as contributing to excess capacity and hurting American workers and companies.

Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by Leslie Adler

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