China Says US Clean Energy Grants Break WTO Rules

Law360, New York (May 24, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT) -- China's Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that U.S. support for renewable energy projects constituted a barrier to trade that violated World Trade Organization rules, a move that followed last week's decision by the U.S. to support stringent anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panel imports.

The ministry, or MOFCOM, issued a statement saying an investigation it launched in November found that the U.S. government's backing of six renewable energy projects represented subsidies banned under the WTO's free-trade rules. The projects, meant to develop wind, solar and hydroelectric...
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