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Timeline: China-EU, China-US tug of war on solar duties

(People's Daily Online)

13:59, June 17, 2013

May 2013:
-- China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) sent a delegation to meet European Commission for the consultation, but the E.C. rejected China’s proposal. Nor did it respond to the questions raised by CCCME delegation.

May 2013:
-- The European Commission agreed to slap punitive duties on solar panels from China. It believed this would prevent Chinese companies from dumping low-priced products in the European market.

April 2013:
-- EU ProSun Glass lodged complaint to initiate anti-subsidies probe into imported Chinese solar glass.

October 2012:
--The E.U. decided to start anti-subsidies probe on imported Chinese solar panels.

October 2012:
--U.S. Department of Commerce announced its final determination in antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from China.

September 2012:
--The E.U. officially announced to conduct the anti-dumping investigation on imported Chinese photovoltaic products over modules, cells and wafers.

August 2012:
-- Four China polysilicon enterprises demanded China to start anti-dumping and anti-subsidies investigation against imported E.U. polysilicon products.

August 2012:
-- Chinese Ministry of Commerce summoned China’s four giant photovoltaic enterprises, Yingli Solar, Suntech, Trina Solar and Canadian Solar, to work out the solutions to fight the E.U. anti-dumping probe of Chinese solar products.

July 2012:
-- Chinese Ministry of Commerce demanded talks with the E.U. over trade dispute.

July 2012:
-- European solar manufacturers launched E.U. ProSun initiative, and urged the European commission to investigate unfair trade practiced by Chinese solar manufactures.

June 2012:
-- Chinese Ministry of Commerce urged the E.U. to be prudent against Chinese solar companies. China did not want to win-win situation being undermined or damaged.

May 2012:
-- The U.S. announced preliminary decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs of 31.14 percent to 249.96 percent on imported Chinese solar panels.

April 2012:
-- Anti-dumping and anti-subsidies probe on Chinese-made solar panel was postponed, because Chinese-made solar products installation increased in Germany.

March 2012:
-- U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced preliminary decision to impose punitive anti-subsidies tariffs ranging from 2.9 percent to 4.7 percent on imported Chinese solar panels.

January 2012:
-- Six E.U. members reduced the subsidies on solar products.

November 2011:
-- The U.S. decided to start anti-dumping and anti-subsidies probe on the imported Chinese photovoltaic products.

October 2011:
-- Solar World Industries America submitted the petition to start anti-dumping and anti-subsidies probe on the imported Chinese photovoltaic products.

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