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The European Commission is considering at least four changes to the way it enforces its trade remedy law that it believes would blunt the impact of extending market economy status (MES) to China in antidumping cases and thereby make that change more politically palatable to affected domestic industries.

A European Commission analysis released this week projects that granting market economy status (MES) to China in antidumping (AD) cases without mitigating measures could directly cost as much as 188,300 jobs in affected European Union industries due to lower dumping duties, exacerbated unfair pricing and an overall increase in Chinese imports.

A Chinese government spokesman on Friday (Feb. 5) shot back at repeated claims by the Obama administration that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will allow the United States -- and not China -- to write the "rules of the road" for trade in the global economy.

European Union Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom twice this week made clear that the commission plans to conduct an impact assessment on granting China market economy status (MES) in antidumping cases that will weigh not only the legal and economic implications, but any potential geo-political fallout as well.

A group of officials from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. Commerce Department met with European Commission officials in Brussels last week to discuss the EU's deliberations over whether to grant China market economy status in antidumping (AD) cases, according to informed sources.