USTR's Kirk says no trade war, but troubled by China

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Posted: Dec 19, 2011 7:24 AM
USTR's Kirk says no trade war, but troubled by China

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Saturday the United States is not in a trade war with China, but he is troubled by China's tendency to retaliate when other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) launch trade cases against it.

"I am troubled by what I see as a trend of China to retaliate when members, not just the U.S., other members of the WTO, bring China to dispute settlement over legitimate matters," Kirk said in an interview at the WTO's ministerial conference.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Sophie Hares)