China's foreign trade minister, Shi Guangsheng, urged the EU to remove trade barriers that discriminate against Chinese exports, China Daily said. By the end of June this year, the EU had brought a total of 91 antidumping cases against Chinese products, while import restrictions were imposed on Chinese goods such as textiles, garlic and canned mushrooms.
The minister claimed that China was fulfilling its obligations under World Trade Organisation rules: 830 laws that were counter to WTO principles had been abolished and 2,400 laws and regulations were being amended to bring them into line with WTO rules.
Earlier this year, China forced the EU to abandon its plan to block imports of Chinese cigarette lighters that lacked child-safety mechanisms by threatening to take its case to the WTO. It has also successfully demanded that the EU exempt China from any new steel tariffs introduced in response to the tariffs that were announced by the US administration in March, Dow Jones reported.