WTO rules for US in Chinese solar tariff dispute
The World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday ruled in favor of the United States in a dispute with China over tariffs on solar panels Washington imposed as part of the countries' trade war.
Former US president Donald Trump approved steep tariffs on solar panel imports in January 2018 to protect US producers, triggering an outcry from China and South Korea, and even protests from the American solar industry.
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who was appointed by Trump's successor Joe Biden, hailed the decision.
"We must make historic infrastructure investments that unlock the full potential of solar power and create good-paying jobs in cutting-edge fields that will help address the climate crisis."
The duties were scheduled to end next February, and slide from 30 percent to 15 percent over four years.
Trump's imposition of the tariffs was among the first moves in the trade war between the United States and China, which cooled with a truce signed in early 2020 between the two top global economies.