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White House Adviser Blasts China for Exploiting Solar ‘Loophole’

  • China trying to duck solar tariff: trade adviser Peter Navarro
  • Exemption for bifacial solar panels must be “slammed shut”
Peter Navarro
Peter NavarroPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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China has worked to undermine U.S. tariffs on solar equipment and is “exploiting” a loophole that shields some panels from the duties, according to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro.

The country has tried to skirt the tariffs that the U.S. government imposed on solar imports last year, Peter Navarro, an assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump on trade and manufacturing policy, said by email Wednesday. More specifically, he said, China is taking advantage of an exemption for bifacial -- or double-sided -- solar panels, adding that it’s a loophole that must be “slammed shut.”