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China blocks WTO panels

China has blocked the establishment of arbitration tribunals in two EU cases at the World Trade Organization (WTO), according to a media report. The WTO cases involve the de facto trade embargo against Lithuania and patent protection for high-tech products. At a meeting of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body in Geneva on Tuesday, China called the request to set up an arbitral tribunal to hear the Lithuania case “premature“, the South China Morning Post reported, citing a WTO source.

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