China lodges WTO complaint on US solar tariffs

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The spokesperson also said that United States subsidies for its own domestic PV manufacturing were giving its industry an "unfair competitive advantage and damaged the legitimate rights and interests of China's renewable energy companies".

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on August 8 that tariffs of 25 percent on 16 billion dollars of US goods - including autos, fuel, steel products and medical equipment - will be activated on August 23, the same day when Washington initiates tariffs on an equivalent amount of Chinese imports.

China said it is challenging a US tariff increase on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology.

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

Previously, the United States took safeguard measures on imports of some photovoltaic products with additional tariffs of up to 30 percent. It has attempted to recruit European and other governments as allies against Washington, but they echo USA complaints about Chinese market barriers and industrial policy.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, Beijing wants to determine the legality of U.S. policies, as they harm China's rights and undermine the authority of the WTO.

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The two governments have raised tariffs on billions of dollars of each other's goods.

Beijing said that both the solar panel safeguard duties and and the renewable energy incentives violate numerous WTO rules and have discriminated against companies in its own burgeoning clean energy sector.

China responded two days later by proposing tariffs ranging from 5 percent to 25 percent on 5,207 USA goods worth 60 billion dollars.

Since the start of the year, the United States has been wielding tariffs against its trading partners worldwide to alter what President Donald Trump calls "unfair trade practices".

"President Trump has only imposed tariffs".

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