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China launches investigation in response to EU probes of solar, wind power

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🗞️ Driving the news: China has launched an investigation into the European Union's trade practices, focusing on wind power, photovoltaics, security equipment, and electric trains
• This follows EU probes into whether Chinese subsidies provide unfair advantages in the European market

🔭 The context: The EU has investigated Chinese companies bidding on projects in Spain, Greece, France, Romania, and Bulgaria, alleging unfair advantages from subsidies
• In response, China accused the EU of protectionism and distorting subsidy definitions
This move intensifies the ongoing trade tensions between China and the EU

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The investigation impacts the global clean energy market, involving major sectors like wind and solar power
• Fair trade practices are crucial for fostering international cooperation in renewable energy development

⏭️ What's next: China's investigation is set to conclude by January 10, 2025, with a possible extension to April
• The outcome could influence future trade relations and regulatory practices between China and the EU

💬 One quote: "China accused the European Union of protectionism and 'reckless distortion' of the definition of subsidies in response to that investigation," reported AP News

📈 One stat: Chinese auto exports have increased by about 30% in the first six months of this year, raising concerns in the EU and the US about the impact on their domestic industries

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