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Probe to look into US solar projects

(China Daily)

09:11, November 26, 2011

BEIJING - China will probe US government support and subsidies for its renewable energy sector, following a recent move by the United States to investigate solar cells from China, the Ministry of Commerce said on Friday.

The probe was launched at the request of domestic industry associations, which argue that US subsidy and support policies created unreasonable barriers for the renewable energy industry in China, the ministry said in a statement.

These measures "violated the United States' commitments to the World Trade Organization rules and lowered the competitiveness of Chinese products in the US market", the statement said.

In October, several US-based solar cell companies filed a petition with the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission, saying that Chinese companies sold solar panels below cost in the US market.

The statement by the Ministry of Commerce on Friday "will make the US clearer about the development of the photovoltaic industry in China", said Zhao Yuwen, director of the photovoltaic division of the China Renewable Energy Society.

"They should realize the industries of the two countries depend on each other and should stop doing things that are not good for both sides," Zhao said.

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