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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To kill a promising new industry, just subsidise it

    Posted May 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... from China. In this case the competitiveness of Chinese companies had nothing to do with the rock bottom wages they pay their workers. Solar panel manufacturing is so heavily automated ... And there First Solar's Frankfurt factory didn't stand a chance. Between 2007 and 2012 the Chinese government lavished such generous capital subsidies on its solar panel manufacturers ...

  2. Business - China Business

    Struggling Chinese makers of solar panels turn themselves into customers by building solar farms

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 03:38pm by Reuters

    ... to global oversupply, many of the country’s panel makers are now looking to invest in solar farms to help them return to profitability, industry officials say. “Definitely the trend is Chinese manufacturers will make more downstream investment,” said a senior official at Chinese solar panel maker Canadian Solar. “Now the domestic market seems to be particularly exciting.” For manufacturers, ...

  3. Business - Companies

    Beijing to give glut-weary solar panel makers tax breaks

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 11:11am by Reuters

    ... in mid-September, weeks after three directors left amid the solar panel maker’s efforts to restructure its debt. Suntech’s Chinese lenders dragged its unit Wuxi Suntech into insolvency proceedings after ... top 10 solar panel makers are up to 100 billion yuan (HK$126 billion) in debt, with an average debt to asset ratio above 70 per cent. Beijing has said it wants to consolidate the industry, ...

  4. Business - China Business - TRADE

    EU slaps tough tariff on Chinese solar panels

    Posted Jun 05th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Brussels Call for talks as EC imposes provisional dutyof initial 11.8pc, rising to 47.6pc in August EU slaps tough tariff on Chinese solar panels The European Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of Chinese solar panels yesterday, defying German-led opposition and dire warnings from Beijing that the move could spark a trade war. The commission ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Negotiation is the best solution to solar panel dispute

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am

    ... of punitive European tariffs on Chinese solar panels said to be illegally subsidised, the investigation is seen as retaliation. French wines account for about US$710 million of the estimated US$1 billion worth of European wine sold in China last year. France is a tactical target for other reasons. It is the major hold-out against a growing European revolt against the solar-panel tariffs ...

  6. Business - China Business - ENERGY

    EU nations back off from punitive solar panel duties

    Posted May 29th 2013, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Fear of Beijing's retaliation sparks opposition to plan for 50 per cent tariff on Chinese products EU nations back off from punitive solar panel duties Shares in Chinese solar panels and parts makers rose after a survey showed that most European Union nations were opposed to Brussels's plan to impose punitive import duties averaging almost ...

  7. Business - China Business - TRADE

    Loopholes likely to soften solar panel tariff war

    Posted Jun 15th 2013, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com As Beijing looks at tit-for-tat duties against the EU over alleged dumping of solar panel products, analysts say their impact may be limited Loopholes likely to soften solar panel tariff war Beijing is tipped to launch retaliatory tariffs soon on European-made polysilicon, the raw material for solar panels, after Brussels slapped preliminary duties ...

  8. Business - China Business - TRADE

    EU blinks first as China flexes its solar muscles

    Posted Jun 06th 2013, 12:00am by Eric Ng, PHOENIX KWONG

    ... Eric Ng and Phoenix Kwong in Beijing Beijing's new direct approach to trade wins reprieve in solar-panel dispute with Europe EU blinks first as China flexes its solar muscles Premier Li Keqiang's personal intervention in Beijing's €20 billion (HK$202.7 billion) solar panel dispute with Brussels signals a more direct approach to trade diplomacy in key strategic ...

  9. News - World

    The European Union says it is imposing anti-dumping tariffs on imported Chinese solar panels

    Posted Jun 04th 2013, 09:42pm by AP

    ... BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is imposing anti-dumping tariffs on imported Chinese solar panels. ...

  10. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Best to let the sunshine in without any harmful tariffs

    Posted May 31st 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... The European Commission, the EU's executive, has accused Chinese firms of selling solar panels at below cost in Europe, a practice known as "dumping", and has announced plans to impose ... Beijing has also wielded a stick, launching last year a study on imposing its own tit-for-tat duties on imports of European polysilicon, the raw ingredient of solar panels. Officials ratcheted up ...




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