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Energy industry group calls for policy support

By Zhao Qian (Global Times)

08:32, September 25, 2012

Chinese authorities need to release supportive policies to rescue domestic solar energy enterprises, which may be forced to flee out of the country because of EU's pending anti-dumping measures, a leader of a national industry organization which represents 500 energy enterprises told the Global Times Monday.

"Some enterprises are thinking about setting up plants in the EU and the US to avoid anti-dumping measures," said Zeng Shaojun, secretary-general of the China New Energy Chamber of Commerce (CNECC).

"In that condition, China's solar industry will gradually move out of the country, which will be a big loss to the domestic economy," Zeng noted.

After the EU accused China earlier this month of dumping solar panels in its market, both Chinese enterprises and government have made various efforts to ease the confrontation. But no final decision has been made so far.

"It is possible that some solar energy enterprises may transfer their plants to foreign countries to evade anti-dumpling action like high duties," Wang Zhixin, director of communications department at Yingli Green Energy Holdings Co, a leading solar panel firm in China, told the Global Times.

Over 80 percent of China's domestic solar energy enterprises stopped production and around 80 percent of their employees lost their jobs or suspended work after the US recently launched a similar case, said Liu Hanyuan, board chairman of Tongwei Group, a new energy company, last month.

He added that the consequences will be hard to contemplate if the EU, the largest importer, decides to impose anti-dumping measures.

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