On Jan. 30, 2012, the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization circulated its decision on Chinese export restrictions on various raw materials (WT/DS394/AB/R; WT/DS395AB/R; WT/DS398/AB/R). The initial dispute was brought in 2009 by the United States, the European Union and Mexico against export restrictions imposed by China on certain forms of yellow phosphorus, bauxite, coke, fluorspar, magnesium, manganese, silicon metal, silicon carbide, and zinc (hereinafter “raw materials”).


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