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China Defends Higher US Car Tariffs

China's Minister of Commerce Chen Deming addresses a news conference at the 8th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference in Geneva, December 15, 2011.

China has defended its decision to increase tariffs on some U.S. car imports.

Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming says the duties on imported automobiles are normal trade remedies and not a form of protectionism. He says if anyone begs to differ, the best solution is to ask World Trade Organization [WTO] experts to rule on it.

Chen spoke to reporters Thursday on the sidelines of the WTO ministerial conference in Geneva.

The new tariffs will be placed on imported automobiles with engine capacities of 2.5 liters or more and will affect vehicles produced by several companies, including General Motors, Chrysler and BMW's U.S. manufacturer.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.