"The above-mentioned US wrongful measures seriously distorted the worldwide market for photovoltaic and other products and severely damaged China's trade interests".
An array of solar panels is seen in the desert in Victorville, California March 13, 2015.
China on Tuesday launched the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement procedure over US safeguard measures on imported photovoltaic products and subsidies for its renewable energy products, the Ministry of Commerce said.
"While taking protectionist measures against imported photovoltaic products, the U.S. provided subsidies to domestically produced photovoltaics and other renewable energy products", the ministry said in a statement.
The action, however, is not expected to have an immediate impact on China's major solar manufacturers, as their exposure to USA markets was reduced after earlier trade disputes.
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The political spat with Washington has added to pressure on Turkey's currency, the lira, which has plunged against the dollar . An upper court had yet to rule on the appeal, his lawyer told Reuters. "We will impose a boycott on USA electronic products".
The president is engaged in trade disputes with several major economies, including China.
On Jan. 22, Trump approved tariffs up to 50 percent on imported washing machines for the next three years, and duties as much as 30 percent on imported solar panels for the next four years. United States officials say such action is necessary because the WTO lacks the capacity to deal with China's problematic trade methods.
According to the spokesperson, the subsidies from Washington offered its national renewable energy industry an unfair competitive advantage and damaged the rights and interests of Chinese renewable energy companies.
According to figures from the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA), US solar module production capacity fell from 1.5 gigawatts in 2011 to 1 GW past year as a result of bankruptcies. Manufacturing output also increased steadily last month.
"Solar is only a piece on the big trade chessboard", said another Chinese solar executive, who also declined to be named. That led to complaints it was undermining the global trade body.