Multilateral negotiations key to resolving China solar trade dispute, says SEIA

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The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has said multilateral trade negotiations between the EU, US and China are important to end the dispute with the BRIC country over anti-dumping and anti-subsidy allegations involving Chinese solar panels. Following a meeting in China last week, the US solar association said it time for the west and BRIC nations to work together before the dispute affects the global solar supply chain.

The SEIA met in China with organisations including the Asia PV Industry Association and agreed to a joint policy position, the Shanghai Solar Declaration. The declaration strongly encourages China, the United States, the European Union and other nations to engage in multilateral trade negotiations aimed at ending the dispute. The SEIA hopes this will lead to the creation of a "collaborative framework" for preventing trade conflicts in the future.

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