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U.S. Confirms Duties Imposed on Solar Equipment From China

The U.S. Commerce Department set anti-dumping duties ranging from 18.32 percent to 249.96 percent on solar-energy cells imported from China, reducing preliminary penalties imposed on Trina Solar Ltd. and raising them slightly on Suntech Power Holdings Co.

The duties, the result of a complaint brought by the American unit of Bonn-based SolarWorld AG, may worsen trade relations between the U.S. and China, the world’s largest economies. The countries have sparred over government support for clean energy as President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney each pledge tough action on China ahead of next month’s U.S. election.