China’s anger at the US decision to impose tariffs on its solar industry has been further compounded this week by the American decision to impose duties as high as 26 per cent on Chinese wind tower manufacturers.

The duties are aimed at the tall steel towers used to harvest power from the wind, and has been welcomed by US producers who say cheap Chinese and Vietnamese imports are driving them out of business.

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The US Commerce Department claims the decision was made to counteract Chinese manifacturers benefiting from subsidies from the Chinese government.

It is claimed that Chinese government subsidies range from 13.74 per cent to 26 per cent of the cost of the towers, according to Reuters.

China criticized the move, urging Washington to adopt a more consultative approach to resolving trade rows.

Beijing has also gone further by issuing a complaint at the World Trade Organization against how the United States calculates anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese goods

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