China expresses anger over U.S. solar tariffs

China responded harshly on Friday after American policymakers announced last week the imposition of major tariffs on solar power equipment from that country, according to The Associated Press.

Solar Power The tariffs are intended to counterbalance what some U.S. solar manufacturers have characterized as artificially deflated prices. Reuters reports that the new fees will range from 31 percent for those companies that petitioned the U.S. government to 250 percent for others.

The 31 percent tariff on some of the industry's biggest names is much smaller than what some American manufacturers had called for, but the Chinese firms argued vehemently that the duties were unwarranted.

"We will challenge with data all of those assumptions," said Trina’s chief commercial officer, Mark Kingsley. He added that the impact of these tariffs could be widespread, because, "these products, by design, are incredibly international. The vast majority of this value chain is not in China."

The Chinese government gave no indication of what, if any, action it will take in response to the tariffs, though it noted they will make cooperation on developing renewable energy more difficult.

Outlooks for the Chinese solar market can be found at PennEnergy's Research area.

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