BEIJING, May 27 — Chinese companies plan to request that authorities open an anti-dumping investigation into imports of some pork products from the European Union, the state-backed Global Times newspaper reported on Saturday, citing an unidentified “business insider”.

The report, carried in a post on X and in the newspaper’s online edition, gave no other details.

China imported a total of 1.55 million metric tons of pork in 2023 with the EU accounting for more than half of the total, customs data showed.

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The report comes as trade tensions between the EU and China intensify, with the EU conducting investigations into various imports from China to protect home-grown manufacturers.

In January, China opened an investigation into brandy imported from the EU.

Earlier this month, the EU launched an investigation into flat-rolled products of iron or steel plated or coated with tin from China. The European Commission is also investigating China-made electric vehicles, which is expected to lead to additional duties.

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Last week, a Chinese auto industry body expert called on China to consider raising tariffs on imported cars with engines larger than 2.5 litres, the Global Times reported. — Reuters