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China, US lock horns over Trump-era solar tariffs

July 24, 2019

A meeting this week of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has once again laid bare the animosity between China and the US over solar tariffs, with yet another formal dispute now possible.

Beijing used a session of the WTO’s dispute settlement body (DSB) on Tuesday to censor tariffs set by Washington DC last January for imports of crystalline silicon PV products.

The US’ so-called safeguard measures – including initial duty rates of 30% and trade quotas over four years – “violate the core principles” of the WTO, China argued this week.

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