China says US violates WTO rules
BEIJING - Agence France Presse
Workers are assembling solar panels on the factory floor of Chinese firm Suntech. AFP photoChina said yesterday that several U.S. policies supporting the American renewable energy industries violate World Trade Organization rules.Six different measures introduced by the U.S. government in the renewable energy sector are in breach of WTO regulations, the ministry of commerce said in a statement on its website.
The announcement came a week after a U.S. decision to slap hefty anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar cell makers. The US Commerce Department imposed levies of between 31 and 250 percent on Chinese producers and exporters after saying it had found they sold solar cells in the United States at artificially low prices, known as dumping.
China’s commerce ministry, which did not go into detail about which U.S. policies it was referring to, said it had started an investigation of U.S. practices last November at the request of local industry associations.