U.S. asks for talks with China over steel dispute

Dayton Daily News

In the latest round of a lengthy dispute with China over a type of steel made by AK Steel in Middletown, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Monday that he wants talks with that nation to assure compliance with the law.

Froman said China claims that it has brought the duties it imposes on U.S. exports of electrical steel into compliance with World Trade Organization rules.

The steel is made by AK Steel Corp. here and by Allegheny Ludlum, based in Pennsylvania.

China’s previous actions cut off more than $250 million in exports of the high-tech steel product that’s used in electrical system applications. In 2012, the United States won a dispute at the WTO that China broke WTO rules with its imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties, Froman said.

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