July 16, 2012 / 3:09 PM / in 5 years

China bank card monopoly breaks WTO rules

GENEVA (Reuters) - China discriminates against foreign bank card suppliers by maintaining state-owned China UnionPay as the monopoly supplier for clearing certain transactions, a World Trade Organization dispute panel said in a ruling published on Monday.

The logo of the China UnionPay is seen at a cashier at a shopping mall in Changzhi, Shanxi province June 3, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer

The panel said China is breaking the WTO rules by requiring all payment cards issued in China to work with the China UnionPay network and to carry its logo, as well as by forcing all payment terminals to accept China UnionPay network, it said.

Reporting by Tom Miles, editing by Diana Abdallah

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