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Escalating U.S.-China Solar Rift Threatens Biden Green Goals

  • Multiple firms have China-linked panels halted at U.S. border
  • Petitions filed to extend U.S. solar duties to Southeast Asia
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The first big test of Joe Biden’s lofty clean-power ambitions may not be congressional approval of sweeping climate legislation, but managing a solar supply chain that’s being shaken by the seizure of imported Chinese panels.

Multiple companies have now had solar components detained at U.S. ports in the aftermath of a Biden administration ban on equipment using raw materials originally from Hoshine Silicon Industry Co., according to people familiar with the situation who asked for anonymity while discussing sensitive trade issues.