against protectionism --
Slams US Over 'Protectionist' Solar Cell Duties" (Agence
Beijing on Friday blasted a "protectionist" US decision to slap
hefty anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar cell makers, the latest barb in a
series of trade rows between the global economic powers.
The US Commerce
Department on Thursday imposed levies of between 31 and 250 percent on
Chinese producers and exporters after saying it had found they sold solar
cells in the United States at artificially low prices, known as dumping.
ministry spokesman Shen Danyang
said: "Such practices... do not fit with the fact that Chinese
enterprises are market economy participants, and highlight the United States'
tendency towards trade protectionism.
ruling is unfair and China is extremely dissatisfied."
cell companies on Thursday criticised the US move.
they are doing it --
Departments Told to 'Buy Chinese'" (China.org.cn)
government departments have been told to buy made-in-China products when
making government procurements, Xinhua reported.
Ministry of Finance (MOF) said in a statement Tuesday that central government
departments should also procure energy-saving and environmentally-friendly
products as well as authentic software.
reiterated the strict regulations which exist governing the purchase of imported
products. The statement also suggested that it should be made illegal to
purchase imported items which are produced by fully developed domestic
As the global
economy continues to deteriorate, expect to see a lot more of this from the
Chinese -- and everybody else.
Michael J. Panzner