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China Returns Fire against US Wind and Solar Investigations

Unsurprisingly, the Chinese Government has hit back against a US investigation into the Chinese export of wind turbine towers to the US, saying that the slowly escalating trade disagreement between the two countries is likely to affect global efforts to curb carbon emissions and could also damage clean-energy cooperation between them.

In fact, this is the second time China has hit back against an investigation into their export of clean energy products. As you know if you’ve been following our series of posts on the US-initiated investigation into the Chinese export of solar panels (started late last year).

“This investigation will not only be harmful to the development of Sino-US new-energy cooperation; it will harm the interests of the US industry, and is not in line with global efforts on climate change and energy security,” said the Chinese Ministry of Commerce on it’s website, regarding the wind turbine investigation (quote from the Guardian, which had a better translation than I did from the Chinese-language press release).

The press release also noted that the Chinese government hopes that the US will respect the relevant laws and facts, and abide by the commitments made at the G20 summit in Cannes, which essentially prohibited new protectionist measures.

According to the Guardian, critics of China’s methods are suggesting that the generous subsidies and preferential treatment the Chinese government offers its clean tech firms is tantamount to unfair competition.

US Investigation into Chinese Solar Panel Subsidies

Again, check out our numerous stories on the solar panel trade dispute for more detail, but for those not following it, a summary of that story is as follows:

The US initiated an investigation into whether Chinese-made solar panels were being sold at unfair discounts. China then retaliated with their own investigation into American support for the clean energy sector.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce released this press release, stating that they hoped the US would analyze “in an objective manner on the real causes of the incompetitiveness in some U.S. solar panel enterprises, and avoid abuse of trade remedy measures which may hurt normal trade and mutually beneficial cooperation in new energy between enterprises of the two countries.” [sic]

I’m going to withhold from making any personal remarks, as my understanding of trade relations is not enough to clearly explain what appears on the surface to be an American problem, and not a Chinese one. Your thoughts and comments would be most welcome though.

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