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China, Europe Resolve Solar Panel Imports Dispute

By Nick Ottens Jul. 31 – The world’s two largest economic powers avoided an escalation in their trade dispute on Saturday when they agreed to limit Chinese solar panel sales to Europe. After six weeks to talks, and days before a European tariff on Chinese solar panels was slated to be raised, the body’s trade chief and his Chinese counterpart agreed to set a minimum price for panels from China and restrict its share of the European solar energy market. The European Commission announced an 11.8 percent import duty on China’s solar panels last month and accused it of “dumping” … Continue reading

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China’s Investment in Europe Continues to Rise

Apr. 29 – Chinese companies increased their investments in Europe by as much as 21 percent in 2012, solidifying its position as the main destination of Chinese Outward Foreign Investment (ODI). In total, Europe was the recipient of US$12.6 billion of Chinese investment last year, which now represents approximately 33 percent of all Chinese ODI. The rationale for increasing investment in Europe is attributed to a convergence of multiple factors. The current problems affecting European economies have led many enterprises to be in need of fresh capital, as regional sources of capital have dried up. In addition, lingering uncertainty over … Continue reading

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