“Trade Officials Ponder China’s Rare Earth Stance”
The New York Times, October 13, 2010
Carolyn Gleason spoke to about the possibility that Japan and other countries might complain to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about China’s unofficial reduction in exports of 17 rare earth elements used in many manufactured products. Drawing on nearly 30 years of WTO experience, Ms. Gleason noted that WTO panels usually consider only official trade restraint measures. “Dispute settlement panels do not lightly assume the existence of unwritten measures,” she said. “They will hold complaining countries to a high evidentiary threshold before accepting that a measure exists.” The article also appeared in The International Herald Tribune on October 15.