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by Xinhua writer Liu Jie
BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Although German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised last week that she would encourage EU solar panel producers to refrain from using protectionist measures against Chinese imports, the EU announced a decision Thursday that may embarrass Merkel.
The European Commission said it will probe the possible dumping of solar panels by Chinese producers, marking the biggest such complaint filed by the EU in terms of import value.
Last week also saw the signing of a multi-billion-dollar airplane order between China and the EU, as well as other deals between China and its partners in Europe.
However, Merkel's constructive approach and the signing of these deals seem to have been overshadowed by the EU probe, and China's goodwill only meets with contrasting and disappointing response.
China has said that its low-cost products are a result of cheap labor and the scale effect, rather than the waging of a price war or government subsidies.
There is no scant of example of trade remedy probe good for no one. After the U.S. government launched a similar case against China's solar panel products this year, China announced an anti-dumping probe against U.S. polysilicon, the primary material for solar panel.
It is unwise for the EU to discount both China's opinion and industry precedent. Its probe is a result of the narrow consideration of the interests of just a few European industry group.
As each other's largest trading partners, China and the EU have scored significant achievements and have significant opportunities for future cooperation. Recent Chinese investment in a slew of EU infrastructure projects offers a classic example of how both sides can achieve win-win results through cooperation.
As the EU grapples with the worst financial crisis in decades, a more constructive and rational approach to trade should be employed. China is waiting for a constructive answer from the EU, and it should not come too late.
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BEIJING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- As trade ministers in the Asia-Pacific region agreed Thursday to slash the tariffs of 54 green products including solar batteries, the European Commission, on the same day, announced a decision running exactly the opposite.
The European Commission started anti-dumping investigation into imports of solar panels and key components from China, claiming the products were being exported for less than costs and squeezing counterparts out of business. Full story
Chinese industry group strongly opposes EU's solar anti-dumping probe
BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- A chamber of commerce announced on Thursday that it strongly opposed to an anti-dumping probe made by the European Union (EU) towards solar imports from China.
China's purchase of EU raw materials and equipment in the solar energy sector benefits the EU in terms of employment and its own green growth, the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) said in a statement. Full story