China's high-level communication played a key role in solving the China-EU photovoltaic trade dispute quickly as the dispute has thus been highlighted. On the other hand, however, it reflects the lack of a communication platform, especially in economic trade.
The case signals the necessity of exploring new mechanisms to avoid possible trade wars.
Both sides should be able to communicate fully before going through a trade remedy in order to achieve a win-win result in solving trade disputes in the future.>>>
director of the economics department in the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Institute of Europe
The efficient settlement of the China-EU solar row should be credited first and foremost to the active consultations and negotiations between the two sides at various levels based on mutual respect and mutual benefit.
All levels of the Chinese government -- including the State Council and the Commerce Ministry -- and 95 Chinese solar companies were involved in this deal.
If the EU had insisted on going their own way, it wouldn't have been good for them.
China has been growing too fast in recent years to be a sitting duck. >>>
director of the Economy and Diplomacy Research Center, Tsinghua University
There are several reasons underlying the settlement of the China-EU solar panel dispute, which was reached in such a short time.
First, both sides had their own self-interest at stake. China and the EU are part of the same production chain, but in different divisions.
There were also two different voices inside of the EU. The European Commission shouldn't have considered one voice only.
Second, more ideas came during the communication process. Most importantly, a new model focusing on high-level conversations between China and the EU was utilized to solve the dispute.>>>
director of the European department in the China Institute of International Studies
After weeks of intensive talks, I can announce that I am satisfied with the offer of a price undertaking submitted by China's solar panel exporters.
This is the amicable solution that both the EU and China were looking for.
Karel De Gucht
EU Trade Commissioner
I am impressed that Premier Li is diplomatically active and forceful in approaching the problems and that he is solution-oriented.
senior researcher of Brussels Institute of Contemporary Chinese Studies
Free trade in automobiles was good for the environment 30 years ago. The same is true of trade in solar equipment today.
Westerners should thank Chinese panel producers for their contribution to keeping solar power viable, not penalize them through protectionist anti-dumping measures.
a professor at Harvard University
Kennedy School of Government