Last week, the U.S. introduced anti-dumping duties that ranged from 31 percent to 250 percent, targeting announced China-made solar cells and solar modules containing solar cells made in China. Products using solar cells outside of China would escape the high duties.
The ruling has sparked criticism from Chinese companies, with some American companies pushing for the tariffs to be extended to cover solar modules as well, it noted.
European authorities might begin similar moves against China solar firms, according to industry sources cited by DigiTimes. It also pointed out that the high anti-dumping duties could turn businesses to rival countries such as South Korea and Malaysia.
The news comes amid growing bilateral tension between Beijing and Washington arising from various issues such as allegations of Chinese cyberespionage, and the continued shift in jobs to China with increasing outsourcing.