China-US PV trade disputes in 8 years, China's product market share has risen against the trend
Since the United States initiated an "anti-dumping" and "counter-subsidy" investigation and imposed tariffs on China in 2011, China's imports and exports of photovoltaic products have been affected. In 2014, the United States launched a second "double-reverse" investigation against China; in 2017, the United States launched the 201 investigation; in 2018, the United States added photovoltaic products to the $50 billion tax collection list.
"However, in the past eight years, the global market share of China's photovoltaic products has been increasing, and US PV companies have gone bankrupt or moved out. It turns out that trade protection is not the way out." Wang Bohua said that Chinese PV companies should not be pessimistic about the global market. The key is to optimize the industrial structure and enhance competitiveness. A strong and stable domestic market is a solid backing for dealing with trade wars. Strengthening internal strength and improving industrial competitiveness is the guarantee for dealing with trade wars.
On September 3, 2018, the anti-dumping and countervailing measures imposed by the EU on China's photovoltaic products were terminated, and the EU's five-year "double-reverse" investigation into China came to an end. Wang Bohua believes that the lifting of the restraining order is beneficial to the EU and will truly achieve mutual benefit and win-win results for both industries. The data shows that in 2018, the European market recovered, China's exports to major European countries (the Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom) increased year-on-year, and exports to Ukraine and Spain increased significantly.