On Oct. 28-29, Japan will host the Group of Seven Trade Ministers’ Meeting in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. The primary focus of the gathering will be improving supply chain resilience and strengthening export controls on critical minerals and technologies.
But China’s so-called economic coercion, particularly the widespread disruption caused by its nontransparent and market-distorting industrial policies, is also expected to be high on the agenda.
Since joining the World Trade Organization in 2001, China has repeatedly been accused of providing unfair industrial subsidies, resulting in multiple WTO dispute cases. In 2006, for example, the European Union, United States and Canada complained that China was offering export subsidies to its automobile and auto parts industries, primarily through its “export base” programs. The WTO strictly prohibits export subsidies due to their significant trade-distorting effects.