Chinese government rips U.S. tariffs on solar panels

Beijing, May 18, 2012 — The Chinese government is protesting U.S. anti-dumping tariffs on solar panels, calling them unfair and damaging to producers and consumers.

A statement from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Washington's decision sent a "negative signal" about trade protectionism.

By deliberately provoking trade friction in the clean energy sector, the U.S. is sending the world a negative signal about trade protectionism, according to the announcement.

In a preliminary ruling, Washington sided with U.S.-based solar energy companies that said a flood of inexpensive solar products shipped from China is undercutting pricing and forcing American firms out of business.

Chinese companies that sell solar power equipment in the U.S. also voiced their displeasure at the U.S. Commerce Department's overtures to tariffs. Trina Solar, Yingli Green Energy Americas and Suntech Power Holdings are just some of the China-based companies expressing dismay at U.S. actions.

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