US told not to launch anti-dumping probe into Chinese panels

Updated: 2011-10-27 07:01


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BEIJING - The China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) on Wednesday appealed to the US government not to launch anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations into Chinese-made solar panels after US solar product makers filed a probe application.

If the United States is to take action on Chinese new energy products, it will negatively affect both the Chinese and US solar industries, as well as the global solar industry, said Wang Xiaokang, vice chairman of the CCOIC and chairman of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group.

SolarWorld Industries America Inc, a major solar cells and panels maker in the United States, filed the complaint to the US International Trade Commission and the US Department of Commerce a week ago.

In a letter to the US Department of Commerce and other relevant authorities, Wang, on behalf of the new energy industry of China, expressed his hope that the US authorities will take further measures to maintain fair trade, avoid additional taxes on Chinese solar cells, and work with China to solve trade disputes in more rational ways.

"If Chinese solar cells fail to enter the US market due to taxation measures, US exports to China will also be affected, resulting in a double-loss," he said, noting that US solar product makers export more raw materials and equipment than they import finished products from China.

US imports of Chinese solar cells have brought the country a trade surplus of $1.88 billion, the CCOIC said in a separate statement Wednesday, citing figures from the US Solar Energy Industries Association.

The CCOIC will continue to monitor the progress of this case and will take further steps in response to the US action, it said.

The CCOIC also said that the US government should promote dialogues and consultations between solar business associations in both countries to solve the current difficulties.

The US side should also promote its exports of new energy products to China by allocating a greater budget from the Federal government, while easing restrictions and investment investigations into Chinese companies to encourage their investment in the US new energy industry, it said.

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