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China launches WTO case against EU solar subsidies

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 10:37am

BEIJING (AP) -- China has filed a World Trade Organization case challenging subsidies provided by some European Union members to help promote the solar panel industry.

The case adds to a flurry of trade disputes that Beijing is locked in with the European Union and the United States.

Commerce Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said in a statement on the ministry's website Monday that China has brought a case to the WTO against EU member countries that have provided subsidies for solar projects in which the main components are manufactured in European countries.

Shen says such subsidies "seriously damaged China's photovoltaic exports."

The case follows an anti-dumping probe Beijing announced Thursday into European exports of polysilicon used in making solar panels.

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