Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- China âstrongly opposesâ U.S. President Barack Obamaâs decision to impose tariffs on tire imports from China and may refer the case to the World Trade Organization, the Asian countryâs Ministry of Commerce said. The U.S. violated rules of the WTO and the tariff imposition is a breach of the commitments made by the U.S. at the Group of 20 summits, the ministry said in a statement posted on its Web site, citing spokesman Yao Jian. The move will harm both countriesâ interests and produce a chain reaction of trade protectionism, slowing world economic recovery, it added. The U.S. government placed tariffs starting at 35 percent on tire imports from China, backing a United Steelworkers union complaint against the second-largest U.S. trading partner, according to a White House statement yesterday. The case brought by the United Steelworkers is the largest so-called safeguard petition filed to protect U.S. producers from increasing imports from China. âIt is an abuse of the trade remedy measures and made an extremely bad start against the backdrop of global financial crisis,â Chinaâs statement said. China will reserve âall legitimate rights, including referring the case to the WTO.â The decision is a blow to Chinese producers such as GITI Tire Pte Ltd., the largest Chinese tire maker, and U.S. retailers of low-cost imports. Tire Production âBy taking this unprecedented action, the Obama administration is now at odds with its own public statements about refraining from increasing tariffs,â Vic DeIorio, executive vice president of GITI Tire in the U.S., said in a statement. âThis decision will cost many more American jobs than it will create.â http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aDaADw2buNgg That may be a warning to the Chinese. There is more to come. Protectionism newly invented.