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China, EU 'goodwill' voiced in solar row

By DING QINGFEN and LI JIABAO | China Daily | Updated: 2013-06-22 01:33

The solar case is the largest trade investigation the European Commission has undertaken. In 2011, the EU's imports of solar goods from China were valued at 21 billion euros ($27.8 billion).

Experts are worried the solar panel investigation and tariffs will lead to escalating trade disputes between the two sides, developing into a trade war.

"If the solar dispute cannot be solved well, disaster will follow and more industries will be implicated," Yao said.

After the tariffs were applied, China announced an investigation into accusations that the EU is illegally subsidizing and undercutting prices for its exported wines, though denying the probe was linked to the EU move.

The EU later responded by complaining to the World Trade Organization about China charging anti-dumping duties on imports of stainless steel tubes, six months after Japan filed a similar case.

Yao Weiqun, associate president of the Shanghai WTO Affairs Consultation Center, said: "We are against a trade war, but China has to fight back and take retaliatory measures when needed."

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