Germany is continuing to strive for a diplomatic resolution to the European Union's ongoing investigation into the alleged dumping of Chinese solar modules in Europe.
Last week, it emerged that the European Commission’s is planning an average of 47% tariffs on Chinese solar module manufacturers, but at a press conference yesterday government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Germany was still working with China to reach a mutually beneficial solution.
Seibert said the German chancellor Angela Merkel has always believed the best course of action was an “amicable solution” with China.
“We need to find a mutually agreed solution, which produces fair competition with imports of solar products from China. For this we need to keep working,” said Seibert.
Open dialogue is of utmost importance to countries such as Germany and France that are looking to increas exports to China, according to Reuters.
A spokesman for Germany's economy ministry named the European Commission's position “hard” and said his ministry was urging the commission and China to continue the political dialogue to try and still ultimately reach an amicable solution.