WTO-US-China 1stLd-Writethru 10-11

2. China

U.S. exports are hindered

The United States will ask for a formal investigation of Chinese restrictions on the sale of American movies, music and books, which would be the fourth World Trade Organization case Washington has launched against Beijing in a little over a year.

The U.S. will request the establishment of an investigative panel at an Oct. 22 meeting of the WTO’s dispute settlement body, according to an agenda for the meeting released Thursday.

The case will be of particular interest to Hollywood studios, Apple Inc.’s iTunes store and other American media providers possibly suffering from the "less favorable distribution opportunities" in China that the U.S. has cited in its WTO complaint.


The WTO is already investigating three Sino-American trade disputes. Washington accuses China of illegally hindering the import of foreign auto parts, providing government subsidies to a number of Chinese industries, and effectively providing a safe haven for product piracy and counterfeiting through excessively high thresholds for criminal prosecution.

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