The Chinese government has been granted additional time in which to submit proposals for a settlement in the ongoing solar trade dispute with the US.
The law firm representing the Chinese contingent has told PV Tech that the US Department of Commerce had granted a requested deadline extension for applying for a suspension of solar import duties.
No further detail on the contents of any deal were forthcoming, but the extension means China has until today, 15 August, to finalise and submit its proposals.
China is seeking a so-called suspension agreement that could put on hold the preliminary anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs announced recently by the US government until an alternative agreement is reached. All parties would have to approve the suspension agreement.
Rumours have been circulating that the request for extra time had been made because Chinese officials have been struggling to agree on the form of any agreement. It will become clear next week whether it has been successful in finding an agreement that all parties can sign up to.
China is unlikely to have helped its cause in bringing an easy end to its ongoing trade dispute with the US by itself announcing today that imports of some solar-grade polysilicon will be banned from 1 September.
Additional reporting by John Parnell.