China fires back in solar trade war
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
China fired back Thursday in the trade war over solar panels.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry posted a statement Thursday accusing the United States of violating free-trade rules with its support for six unidentified renewable energy projects.
The Associated Press reports that the Commerce Ministry’s announcement came as the results of an investigation that began in November. The Chinese government gave no indication whether Beijing might try to impose punitive measures and calls to the ministry were not returned.
The statement was the latest turn in what's developing into a heated trade war with China that's being led in part by Hillsboro-based SolarWorld Industries America Inc. Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department issued a preliminary ruling calling for tariffs of up to 250 percent on Chinese solar panels.
As Todd Woody reported for Forbes, the saber rattling from China led to a volley of statements from the industry in the U.S.
“The escalating trade conflict in the global solar industry will ultimately hurt the entire market at a time when solar energy is on the cusp of widespread adoption,” Rhone Resch, chief executive of the trade group, said in a statement Thursday. “We, therefore, repeat our call for the U.S. and Chinese governments to immediately work together towards a mutually-satisfactory resolution of the growing trade conflict within the solar industry.”
Gordon Brinser, SolarWorld’s president, fired back:
“As a SEIA member, I’m extremely disappointed that SEIA would call for a premature settlement of our trade dispute,” he said in a statement. “We do not need talks and we do not need deals. We need the Chinese government and industry to obey requirements of U.S. and world trade law.”
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