US President Barack Obama has voiced his opinion on the solar trade dispute with China that began with a coalition of US companies filing a petition against Chinese manufacturers over allegations of dumping.
President Obama said in an interview with Portland-based news channel KGW NewsChannel8, ‘We have seen a lot of questionable competitive practices coming out of China when it comes to the clean energy space, and I have been more aggressive than previous administrations in enforcing our trade laws. We have filed actions against them when we see these kinds of dumping activities, and we’re going to look very carefully at this stuff and potentially bring actions if we find that the basic rules of the road have been violated.’
Following the original complaint, several Chinese companies including Suntech and Yingli have issued statements denying the charges and signalled their intention to fight any assertions of wrongdoing. In response the US group issued a statement outlining the grievances of US solar producers.
SolarWorld is one of the leaders of the US’ Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing and company president Gordon Brinser was encouraged by Obama’s remarks.
Brinser said, ‘The President acknowledged there are a considerable number of questionable trade practices, including dumping, coming out of China. We are heartened to hear that the Administration is looking closely at our case and the President has restated his commitment to enforcing US trade laws.’
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