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MOC condemns U.S. ruling on China-made solar cells
                 English.news.cn | 2012-10-11 16:09:03 | Editor: Liu

MOC condemns U.S. ruling on China-made solar cells

BEIJING, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on Thursday voiced strong dissatisfaction with the United States's affirmative final determinations on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from China, saying the decision "signals protectionism" and "hinders the development of new energy."

MOC spokesman Shen Danyang said the U.S. Commerce Department ignores reasonings from the Chinese government and enterprises and imposes unfair duties on China-made solar cells.

Shen's remarks came after the U.S. Commerce Department announced that Chinese producers and exporters have sold solar cells in the U.S. market at dumping margins ranging from 18.32 percent to 249.96 percent.

The department also set final countervailing duties of 14.78 to 15.97 percent on China-made cells.

"The U.S. decision runs counter to global efforts to jointly combat the challenges of climate change and energy security, and it breaks the country's promise to not take fresh protectionism measures, which was made at the G20 summit," Shen said.

He urged the United States to halt the trade remedies in order to encourage communication and cooperation in the industry to push forward the development of new energy.

U.S. imports of solar cells from China were valued at an estimated 3.1 billion U.S. dollars in 2011, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) is scheduled to make its final determination on or before Nov. 23.

If the result affirms that these products incur material injury or threat to U.S. industry, the country's Commerce Department will issue the anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty orders. If the ITC makes a negative determination, the investigations will be terminated.

Clashes over China-made products arose last year when a group of panel manufacturers in the United States, led by SolarWorld Industries America Inc., filed a formal complaint to the U.S. Commerce Department, saying China-made panels were being sold at extremely low prices on hefty government subsidies, while the Chinese makers said their commercial success has resulted from fair competition.

美终裁认定中国太阳能电池存在倾销和补贴 中方表示强烈不满

新华网北京10月11日电(记者雷敏)10日,美国商务部终裁决定对华太阳能电池征收反倾销反补贴税,商务部新闻发言人沈丹阳11日就此发表谈话表示,美国商务部无视中国政府和中国企业的合理抗辩,对中国输美太阳能电池产品采取不公正的征税措施,中方对裁决结果表示强烈不满。

据商务部有关负责人介绍,美商务部在此案调查中存在诸多不公正、不合理之处,导致中国企业的税率被高估。在倾销方面,美商务部继续坚持选择基本不生产太阳能电池的泰国作为替代国,采用该国数据来计算中国产品的正常价值,人为抬高倾销幅度。在补贴方面,美商务部不合理地裁定中国多晶硅生产企业和中国商业银行是公共机构,并采用不利事实推定等不合理做法,人为构造补贴并抬高补贴幅度。另外,美商务部在对中国适用非市场经济反倾销调查方法的同时又进行反补贴调查,这与世贸组织规则不符。

沈丹阳表示,美国在新能源领域挑起贸易摩擦,向全世界发出了贸易保护主义和阻碍新能源发展的消极信号,与全球共同应对气候变化和能源安全挑战的大趋势背道而驰,也与20国集团首脑会议关于不采取新的贸易保护主义措施的承诺相违背。实际上,中美在清洁能源领域合作密切,已形成“你中有我,我中有你”的局面,对中国太阳能电池产品征收反倾销和反补贴税,也将损害美原材料和设备出口商以及美消费者利益。

沈丹阳指出,中美两国企业合作日益深化,利益纽带日益紧密。希望美方改正其错误做法,尽早终止对华太阳能电池产品的贸易救济措施,支持中美两国产业交流与合作,推动新能源和绿色经济发展。

 

(Note: The above is the same story reported in English and Chinese respectively, and is not literal translation.)

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