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China launches investigation into EU trade barriers

China launches investigation into EU trade barriers

China launches an investigation into the European Union’s recent scrutiny of Chinese companies bidding for projects in Europe.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce will focus on, among other things, the EU’s investigations into wind and solar energy companies. The EU had been investigating whether Chinese companies had unfairly gained an advantage in tenders through state subsidies. This includes a new EU investigation launched on July 10 into Chinese wind turbine companies in Germany. China claims, according to the Associated Press, that the EU’s investigations may have created “trade barriers” that violate the terms of the economic agreement.

This is China’s latest move in retaliation against new provisional EU tariffs of up to 38% on imported Chinese electric vehicles. China has also launched anti-dumping investigations into pork and brandy from Europe. A hearing on the latter is currently scheduled for July 18. The EU and China are expected to continue negotiations on the tariffs on electric vehicles in the coming months before the duties become permanent in November.