On 18 July 2008 a World Trade Organisation (WTO) Panel Report decided in favour of complaints brought by the European Union, the United States and Canada that China had violated its WTO obligations by imposing a special tax on imported car parts that represent a proportion above a certain threshold of the fully assembled car. This tax was an addition to the general 10 per cent import duty levied on car parts and was designed to bring the total duties imposed on such car parts up to the level duties levied on imported cars, i.e., 25 per cent. It is the first trade dispute ruling against China since the country’s accession to the WTO in 2002 and China is expected to appeal the decision. This will effectively postpone China’s obligations to amend its regime until at least next year. Other WTO cases against China are pending. These include complaints in the fields of intellectual property rules and financial news agencies.