China appealed to the World Trade Organization to confront the U.S. over its trade investigations, accusing the Trump administration of acting unilaterally in a way that not only defies the rights of China and other WTO members, but also jeopardizes the multilateral trading system, China Daily reported.
Speaking at a WTO meeting in Geneva, China's WTO ambassador, Zhang Xiangchen, expressed concerns over the so-called section 301 probes, which "violate the most fundamental values and principles," and called for WTO members to unite in order to prevent the trade sanction probes.
"Unilateralism is fundamentally incompatible with the WTO, like fire and water. In the open sea, if the boat capsizes, no one is safe from drowning," Zhang reportedly said.
China has already announced retaliatory actions on 128 U.S. products in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement of hefty tariffs on Chinese products. At the same time, China has been wary of the negative impact that protectionism can have, according to the report.
The European Union has also been critical of the tariffs imposed by the U.S. on global imports of steel and aluminum, demanding that the bloc be permanently exempted from the sanctions.