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China criticizes US support of punitive tariffs

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BEIJING (AP) -- China is criticizing a U.S. Congress decision reaffirming that the U.S. government has the right to impose higher tariffs on goods from China and other state-run economies that subsidize their exports to the United States.

Commerce Minister Chen Deming said Wednesday that China follows rules laid down by the World Trade Organization, but does not have to abide by the laws of other countries.

The congressional action overturned a December federal appellate court ruling that the Commerce Department did not have the authority to levy the punitive tariffs because Congress never explicitly gave the agency that right.

The House voted 370-39 to pass the measure Tuesday. The Senate approved it Monday.

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