The wind-tower case highlights growing tension between the U.S. and China on economic and renewable-energy issues ahead of the U.S. elections in November. The Commerce Department on May 17 announced tariffs of 31 percent to 250 percent on Chinese solar-product imports, after companies including the U.S. unit of SolarWorld AG (SWV) said the products were sold below production cost. China on May 25 said it filed a complaint against U.S. anti-subsidy duties with the World Trade Organization in Geneva. — Bloomberg
The U.S. Commerce Department proposed duties of as much as 71 percent on large, residential washing machines made in South Korea, concluding that government subsidies for the goods undercut U.S. producers. — Bloomberg
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Surreptitiously, protectionism is increasing.