United States Challenges China’s Wind Energy Subsidies; USTR Seeking Public Comments

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On December 22, 2010, the United States filed a consultation request at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to challenge Chinese wind power subsidies. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comments by January 31, 2011, on the issues raised in the consultation request.

The United States is alleging that certain grants provided by China to Chinese producers of wind power equipment constitute prohibited subsidies under the WTO. Such subsidies are inconsistent with China’s obligations under the WTO because they hamper international competition and are, in effect, blocking U.S. exports of wind power equipment and components to China.

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