Friday, 24 September 2010

State Responsibility - Countermeasure
Trade

Chinese customs officials reportedly halted shipments to Japan of rare earth elements, apparently in response to Japan's continued detention of a Chinese skipper. But a Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman said that "China has not issued any measures intended to restrict rare earth exports to Japan". Publication of government regulations barring exports would allow Japan to file an immediate complaint with the WTO, but an administrative halt to exports is much harder to challenge.

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