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WTO Probing U.S. Trade Rules

World Trade Organization will launch next week its first Chinese-requested investigation of U.S. trade rules in a dispute over American taxes on steel pipes and off-road tires.

GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization will launch next week its first Chinese-requested investigation of U.S. trade rules in a dispute over American taxes on steel pipes and off-road tires.

Washington blocked Beijing's request for the establishment of a panel at a meeting of the WTO's dispute body last month. But it cannot do so a second time under the trade body's rules.

A WTO agenda released Friday says China will make its second request at a meeting Tuesday.

China says U.S. charges on some Chinese goods violate numerous trade agreements.

The U.S. says the goods are being exported at below-market value and that it is lawfully defending American manufacturers.

The WTO can authorize trade sanctions if countries fail to comply with rules.

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