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Beijing plans WTO complaint over U.S. poultry curbs: Chinese official

Beijing plans WTO complaint over U.S. poultry curbs: Chinese official

China plans to lodge a complaint with the World Trade organization over what it calls "discriminatory" U.S. legislation targeting Chinese poultry imports, a government statement said.
The complaint would be filed in response to the U.S. spending bill signed by President Barack Obama on Wednesday, which contains a clause opposing imports of Chinese poultry, a commerce ministry statement said.
"This is a typical discriminatory and trade protectionist move that seriously violates WTO regulations," said the statement by spokesman Yao Jian posted on the ministry's website on Wednesday. "China will file a complaint with the WTO and reserves the right to take further measures," Yao said.
China and the United States halted imports of each side's poultry in 2004 over fears about the spread of bird flu.
Imports of some U.S. poultry products to China have since resumed.