China says 'punitive' PV duties fray Sino-US ties
Updated: 2014-06-04 13:44
By XIE YU in Shanghai (chinadaily.com.cn)
China is "strongly dissatisfied" with the US practice, according to a statement issued on the ministry's website.
The ministry said the US cannot solve problems with American solar companies by frequently adopting trade remedy measures, and hoped that the US government will cautiously handle the investigation and terminate the process as soon as possible, to create a good competitive environment for global solar industry. China will closely watch the progress of the case, and keep the right to protect its own legitimate rights and interests.
The US Commerce Department on Tuesday set preliminary subsidy rates on imported photovoltaic products from China, signaling that it may impose punitive duties on the products. The US had imposed punitive duties on Chinese solar products in late 2012.
Punitive duties would be imposed after both the Commerce Department and the US International Trade Commission made affirmative final rulings, which are scheduled on Aug 18 and Oct 3, respectively. If the ITC makes a negative determination, the investigations will be terminated.