Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

"Damaged Legitimate Interests": China Blasts US Tariffs On Solar Panels

China has blasted USA tariffs on solar panel imports, filing a complaint at the World Trade Organization in the latest salvo of the trade battle between the world's two economic giants.

A spokesperson from China's Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday that the tariffs are suspected of violating WTO rules and therefore undermining the WTO's authority.

The Trump administration has defended the solar tariffs as necessary to protect American producers.

In part to press Ankara to release U.S. Evangelical pastor Andrew Brundson, Trump raised tariffs on Turkish steel to 50 percent, and aluminum duties to 20 percent. It said import prices were unfairly low due to subsidies and other improper support. It said on May 14 it had issued a request to the WTO for a dispute settlement process with Washington.

Washington took action under a 1974 US law instead of through the WTO.

China has tried to portray itself as a defender of the WTO's trade system.

A spokesperson for China's Ministry of Commerce said in a statement that Trump's subsidy policy gives the United States renewable energy industry an unfair competitive advantage and damages the rights and interests of Chinese sector players. If those fail, the case moves to a panel of experts who can decide whether the trade controls are improper.

Following that, Washington imposed its first round of 25 tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6 in response to complains Beijing steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology. Beijing responded with similar penalties.

He told the Journal the 25 percent tariffs on steel will rescue an industry important to USA national security. Beijing says it will retaliate.

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