• Kyodo


China is set to launch an inquiry to determine whether synthetic rubber imports from Japan, South Korea and Russia are being dumped in the country, the Japanese Embassy in Beijing said Tuesday.

According to embassy officials, China’s Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation has notified the three countries of its intention to begin the antidumping probe Tuesday into imports of styrene butadiene rubber from the three countries.

Styrene butadiene rubber is a synthetic rubber used in products that include automobile tires and footwear.

It is Beijing’s 16th antidumping probe since 1997 into allegations that foreign products are imported at unfairly low prices, and the seventh concerning imports from Japan.

On March 6, Beijing began a probe to determine whether Japanese, South Korean and Indian firms are dumping exports of phthalic anhydride, a chemical powder that is used in paint and to soften plastics.

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