China solar cell makers seek Taiwan partnerships

Some China-based solar makers looking to cooperate with Taiwan-based counterparts in order to evade high anti-dumping tariffs recently imposed by United States.
Written by Ryan Huang, Contributor
Some first-tier China-based solar cell makers are looking for ways to cooperate with Taiwan-based counterparts to avoid paying high punitive anti-dumping duties imposed in the United States market.
In a report Tuesday by DigiTimes, the Taiwanese news agency said the Chinese companies were hoping to set up solar module joint ventures located in Taiwan or in a third country. These solar modules would adopt Taiwan-made solar cells for export to the U.S. or other markets, which will help avoid the U.S. anti-dumping tariffis, according to DigiTimes which cited unnamed industry sources.

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.

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