American Iron and Steel Institute Applauds U.S. Filing of WTO Complaint Against China for Illegal Export Restrictions

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For Immediate Release
March 13, 2012

Washington, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) applauds the decision of the United States, along with the European Union and Japan, to hold China accountable for its illegal restrictions on exports of tungsten and molybdenum, as well as rare earth elements.

“Tungsten and molybdenum are important raw materials in making steel and other products, and China's export restrictions have distorted the world market for those materials, to the detriment of American manufacturers and American workers,” AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson, said.  “The rare earth elements are critical to the industrial base of the United States, and AISI is pleased to see the U.S. government working with other countries to tackle China's attempts to use export restrictions on raw materials to force foreign companies to shift industrial production and technology to China.”

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