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US probe on Chinese wind power products hurts both sides

By Ye Xiaonan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

16:21, January 29, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

On Jan. 18, the U.S. Department of Commerce officially announced that it would launch an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation on the utility scale wind tower from China. It was another anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation met by China's clean energy products in the United States after the investigation on the photovoltaic product from China.

Insiders said that the successive investigations on new energy products indicate that the competition between China and the United States in the new energy area is becoming fiercer and the United States' intention of adopting trade protection measures in this area is getting stronger.

Anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation targets wind power generation product

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, the product under this investigation is the utility scale wind tower from China. According to the statistics by the U.S. customs, the total trade volume of the products involved in investigations in 2010 was 104 million U.S. dollars.

The U.S. Department of Commerce will make the preliminary subsidy and dumping decisions on March 23 and June 6.

U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation contains political goal

Liu Pengxu, a lawyer with China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products, said China does not believe its wind power equipment enterprises have caused losses of the United States' relevant industries. Relevant U.S. companies have also said that they prefer products made in China because they are good in quality, delivery and service.

Supporting the clean energy industry is a normal international practice. China’s support to its clean energy industry does not violate rules of the WTO. Therefore, it is unreasonable that United States launched the investigation using this excuse.

Now that the presidential election of the United States is coming, the U.S. government has given many speeches on its domestic new energy policy and expressed to support its new energy industry. Due to this political environment, people have a reason to believe that the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation contains a political goal.

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Cynic at 2012-01-31216.16.225.*
All this action against solar and wind imports. Why are they not investigating imported Chinese made components of coal fired and NG power generators as the stats show that this is a much bigger business for Chinese manufacturers?
wende at 2012-01-2971.255.83.*
Obama just declared that the US will provide tax incentives to companies that bring back their outsourced enterprises back. US is also giving subsidies to many of its farmers and manufacturers. China should also target US products.

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