China highly concerned over US complaint to WTO on wind power

China said it is "highly concerned" over complaint by the US to the World Trade Organisation to investigate "illegal" Chinese subsidies to wind power equipment-makers.

Beijing: Defending its measures to develop
wind power sector to cut emissions, China said it is "highly
concerned" over complaint by the US to the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) to investigate "illegal" Chinese subsidies
to wind power equipment-makers.

China`s measures to promote wind power development comply
with WTO rules, an official of the Chinese Commerce Ministry
said, in response to the complaint filed by the US trade
authority to the WTO that China`s subsidies hindered US
exports to China.

The official said measures to support China`s wind power
sector helped cut emissions, save energy and protect the
environment, which are important means to realise sustainable
development.

"China will carefully study the US request for mediation
and deal with the dispute based on WTO rules. We will reserve
relevant rights," he noted.

The United States and China have around two months to
resolve the dispute through mediation.

If mediation fails, the United States can ask the WTO to
formally hear its complaint. In a separate development the
Commerce Ministry it had decided to launch an anti-dumping
probe into photographic paper imported from the European Union
(EU), the United States and Japan.

The investigation will focus on evidence and damages of
dumping to China`s photographic paper sector, an official
statement said adding that it formally received the
application for anti-dumping probe from domestic Chinese
photographic paper enterprise, official media here reported.

PTI

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