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German workers protest over China steel 'dumping'


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German workers protest over China steel 'dumping'

German steel workers have protested outside the European Parliament over alleged dumping by China.

They oppose China being declared a market economy under the World Trade Organisation.

“China produces steel with public subsidies, far below the actual costs of production and without consideration for the environment and on-the-job safety,” one worker told euronews.

Some parliamentarians fret that China threatens jobs; MEPs have called for safeguards.

“Look what happens in their steel sector: Beijing decides that will close capacities and they close capacities. so it’s not a market economy, it’s not market forces that are really driving the Chinese economy,” said Philippe Lamberts, a Belgian Green MEP

Gaining market economy status would mean that the EU would have much less scope to impose tariffs on Chinese products

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