The United States said Thursday that it is filing a trade case against China before the World Trade Organization in a dispute involving American auto parts.
U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said the administration was accusing China of violating global trade rules by imposing high taxes on auto parts from the United States and other countries.
"As a mature trading partner, China should be held accountable for its actions and be required to live up to its responsibilities," Portman said.
The filing comes at a time of rising trade tensions with the Asian giant and underscores the United States' resolve to get tough with Beijing in seeking a better trade climate.
The U.S. trade deficit with China soared to $202 billion (167 billion euros) last year, the highest record ever with a single country, reports the AP.
Chinese President Xi Jinping warned his new US counterpart Joe Biden not to push Europe into an alliance against Beijing