China premier warns EU over solar, telecom probes


Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang AP PHOTO

BEIJING — Premier Li Keqiang, China’s top economic official, has criticized the European Union for pursuing anti-dumping cases against Chinese solar power and telecommunications equipment that he warned will hurt both sides.

In a speech in Swizerland, Li said the action will hurt European consumers and might encourage trade protectionism, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The 27-nation EU imposed anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made solar panels this month to offset what it said were improper subsidies. Also this month, the EU said it will investigate whether Chinese telecom equipment makers also receive improper support.

“The cases over these two types of products will hurt Chinese industries, business and jobs and also damage the vital interests of European users and consumers,” Li was quoted as saying in Zurich. “We express firm opposition.”

Li gave no indication how Beijing might respond but his comments could fuel fears the government might retaliate against European telecom equipment suppliers that are looking for sales in China.

Chinese officials plan to bring up the disputes over solar and telecoms equipment when they meet European officials Monday in Brussels for regularly scheduled talks on trade and investment, the Commerce Ministry announced Sunday.

China faces complaints in a range of industries from clean energy to tire manufacturing that Chinese companies benefit from improper government support, including low-cost access to loans, energy and land.

Chinese makers of solar panels are struggling financially after government encouragement prompted hundreds of producers to rush into the market, depressing prices. The European anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels average 47 percent.

In the telecoms case, the EU said last week that if negotiations with Beijing fail, it will open an investigation into whether Chinese manufacturers receive improper support. A decision that they do could lead to higher import tariffs.

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  • Manolito A. Perez

    But i think its very tough to stage a revolution in china, because their government is experts on killing its own people.

  • Manolito A. Perez

    The major blame for this is the United States, for creating a monster like China. The people of china should stage a revolution.. the only people in china that is very tough to handle is their people at the top. If the revolution is successful, what peaceful Asia would be.

    • foreignerph

      The Chinese are in general quite happy with the government that made their standard of living go over the moon in just two decades by adopting a capitalist economy. They’re even well on track eradicating corruption. They don’t want a revolution, they just want to get richer by their own work.

      Compare that with the PH, and let your denial bubble be shattered.

      The levies on solar foils don’t represent a boycott against China, as you may wish, but just a temporary reaction because the Chinese are selling those under the production cost as they struggle with over-production. The PH should welcome this as an opportunity to absorb part of this cheap solar foil, frame it (a very low-tech operation) and install it locally to address the power problems in a sustainable way. Framing solar foil would also create a lot of local employment for blue collar workers.

      • Manolito A. Perez

        How do you say they are happy when their mouth is zipped! c’mon darling! be tough enough to question your government if you’re a chinese! And they will always say to your face… “What’s your right to question the government!?!” And then you will be jailed. If you are lucky.

      • Manolito A. Perez

        Overproduction.. because nobody wants to buy that product.. because its low quality.. and it wont last baby.. who on his/her right mind would buy solar panels made in china where the sun doesn’t even shine 50%??

  • Phil.Bastard.Soc

    Just keep on probing or investigating them surely Communists they will lie, to hide and gain leverage and never accepts faults. Stay tough EU, US, Democratic Nations. They want to get rich now and buy military stuffs to bully weaker democracies then secure land and water resources to feed their communist people. Try to think of it… Dont be blind or we will find it out but itll be too late.

  • alex ca

    pahirapan na yang gunggung na bansa, sobrang manglait ng maliliit sana ipitin ng ipitin para hindi na makagalaw

  • DurangoJoe

    I am glad they included Chinese-made tires. They should also include Chinese auto parts like brakes pads, rotor, calipers, springs etc. Chinese made auto parts are very dangerous which resulted in a lot of death in the US. The picture of Li Keqiang laughing is an insult to the people who died buying Chines-made parts. When it comes to cheating, China is number 1.

  • Ronald Diaz

    Low standard of quality…

  • tarikan

    That’s Chinese business/manufacturing strategy for you. Rules?, What rules? Each to his own device, each to his own benefit.

  • Meow Ming

    LOL at the picture.

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