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Minitrue: Trade War Not “Most Comfortable” for China

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. All websites, delete the China News Service report "Expert: Trade War Has Reached Most...

Solar-Panel Dispute Burns Hole in EU Strategy

At The Wall Street Journal, Matthew Dalton reports that the EU’s watering-down of plans for steep tariffs on Chinese solar-panels, which it claims are dumped in European markets due to illegal government subsidies, shows...

Feud With West on Solar Leads to Tax

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce announced on Thursday its plan to impose steep tariffs on solar building materials imported from the US and South Korea. The decision, according to Diane Cardwell at The New York Times, will...

Li Keqiang Visits Berlin Amid Trade Tensions

On his first foreign tour as Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang is in Berlin today, where he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germany, China’s largest European trading partner, will be the premier’s only stop in an...

China Threatens Retaliation for EU Telecom Probe

China stepped up its rhetoric against the European Union on Thursday, after Brussels threatened to open anti-dumping investigations into Chinese telecom equipment suppliers Huawei and ZTE. From Paul Mozur and Wayne Ma of The...

Chinese Automakers Look To Detroit

Bill Vlasic of The New York Times reports that dozens of Chinese companies have quietly dropped anchor in Detroit as they seek a foothold in America’s recovering auto industry: Chinese-owned companies are investing in...

Suntech, Chinese Solar Giant, Goes Bust

Keith Bradsher of the New York Times reports that China’s Suntech Power Holdings, one of the world’s largest makers of solar panels, was declared bankrupt on Wednesday: Suntech was the Icarus of the solar panel...

U.S. Files W.T.O. Case against China

Amid the U.S. presidential campaign, the Obama administration has filed a W.T.O. case against China over automobile subsidies. From Keith Bradsher at The New York Times: The W.T.O. case accuses China of providing at least $1...

Obama Announces WTO Case Against China

As China tries to get a firm grasp on its control of rare earth metals, the EU, Japan, and the US have rallied together to file a case against China at the WTO. China produces a majority of the 17 rare earth metals that are...

Global Trade: “Everyone’s Afraid of China”

Two recent articles describe different points of friction between China and the global trade system: Beijing’s foot-dragging in complying with current agreements, and the possible effects of China’s rise on the...

China Appeals Against WTO Autoparts Ruling

From Reuters: China has appealed against a ruling by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that its import regime for car parts is illegal, its first defeat in a dispute at the international trade body, the WTO said on Monday. The...

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