GENEVA — Trade officials and lawyers working at the home of the World Trade Organization here said the tariff requests in the Section 301 petition filed Tuesday by the AFL-CIO would not be supported by global trade rules.

The petition charges that China unfairly pushes down costs by systematically violating workers’ rights, thus driving down wages. The result, the petition claims, is essentially an unfair export subsidy that the U.S. would be free to oppose.

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