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On 4 April 2018, China submitted a notification under article 12.5 of the WTO Safeguard Agreement on the decision to suspend concessions and other obligations stipulated in said agreement. The proposed suspension follows the imposition of safeguard duties on imports of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic ("CSPV") cells and modules from 7 February 2018 until 6 February 2022 by the United States, see related state act. As such, China will impose equivalent duties to the amount of trade affected by said US measure. The country in this context stated that: "China hereby notifies the Council for Trade in Goods of its decision to suspend concessions or other obligations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 1994 (GATT 1994) that are substantially equivalent to the amount of trade affected by the US measure. China may apply the proposed suspension from either three years and one day after 7 February 2018 (8 February 2021) or from the date of a decision by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body that the safeguard measure imposed by the US is incompatible with the WTO Agreements, whichever is the earlier date." China did not specify which products and the level of duty.
Notably, the Republic of Korea and Japan also notified the WTO of suspending concessions and other obligations in reaction to the imposition of duties on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic by the United States, see related state acts.
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