In addition, the United States granted additional subsidies to domestic renewable energy products, including photovoltaic products, which are suspected of being subsidies for import substitution and violating their national treatment obligations, the ministry spokesperson said.
The Chinese government has filed a pair of World Trade Organization cases challenging US safeguard tariffs on solar panels as well as a series of state-level renewable energy rules that allegedly discriminate against foreign companies, according to WTO documents published Thursday.
China has responded to such measures with retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. But Trump said the tariffs are working, according to The Journal, and pointed to steel companies opening new U.S. plants as justification.
The value of China's currency, the renminbi, has fallen roughly 10 percent against the dollar since the beginning of April, a change that makes Chinese products cheaper for foreigners to purchase and helps offset the impact of the Trump administration's tariffs.
In their technology dispute, Washington imposed 25 percent duties on $34 billion of Chinese goods it said benefit from improper industrial policies. It has attempted to recruit European and other governments as allies against Washington, but they echo USA complaints about Chinese market barriers and industrial policy.
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"As the US measures severely damaged Chinese trade interests, China's choice to resort to the WTO dispute settlement mechanism is a necessary move to safeguard its legitimate rights and interests and multilateral trade rules", a spokesperson with the ministry said.
The statement urges the U.S. to take concrete actions in line with the WTO rules and drop the "wrong practices" so that normal trade can be restored.
Trump touted his trade agenda Wednesday, tweeting that his tariffs are "leading to great new trade deals".
-Asked what Beijing should do in response to Trump's punitive tariffs, 19 (or 38 percent) said that it should strike back hard.