Defiant USTR says WTO China tariff ruling shows trade body's inadequacy

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer speaks at a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2020. Anna Moneymaker/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer reacted defiantly on Tuesday to a World Trade Organization decision finding punitive U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods in violation of WTO rules, saying that the trade body is “inadequate to stop China’s harmful technology practices.”

In a statement, Lighthizer said the decision shows that the WTO provides no remedy for China’s “misconduct,” adding: “The United States must be allowed to defend itself against unfair trade practices, and the Trump Administration will not let China use the WTO to take advantage of American workers, businesses, farmers, and ranchers.”

Reporting by David Lawder