China not happy about WTO member complaints

China on Thursday expressed its displeasure at complaints about the World Trade Organization by member nations unhappy with how the organisation functions.

The comment came after U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade chief said on Monday that the WTO is losing its focus on trade negotiations in favour of litigation, and was going too easy on wealthier developing countries such as China.

“China doesn’t support some World Trade Organization members who deny the usefulness of the organisation if their appeals are not satisfied”, Gao Feng, a spokesman for the commerce ministry told a regular news briefing on Thursday.

The WTO failed to reach any new agreements on Wednesday, ending a three-day ministerial conference in discord in the face of stinging U.S. criticism of the group and vetoes from other countries.

China strongly opposes some developed countries jointly placing pressure on developing nations over trade issues, Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng said.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Muyu Xu and Elias Glenn; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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