The Consumer Electronics Association has accused China of jeopardising international trade by asking for the removal of more than 100 items identified in the list of nearly 260 technology products that would be exempted from tariff under the expanded 1996 Information Technology Agreement (ITA).
The original pact waived tariffs on computers, semiconductors, software, fax machines, telephones and other information technology goods among member countries. An expanded agreement could cover additional consumer goods such as flat-screen TVs, speakers and headsets as well as new types of semiconductors and other technology goods.
"The Chinese position should be responsible, with a serious but limited list of products it wishes to exclude from lower tariffs," said CEA VP for international trade Sage Chandler. - Reuters