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China to investigate European wine industry

The Chinese Government has announced that it has initiated an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation of wine imports from the European Union (EU). The announcement comes a day after the EU imposed levies on Chinese solar panels.

Chinese Commerce Ministry spokesman Shen Danyang said in a statement: "The Chinese Government and industry have shown great sincerity and made enormous efforts in resolving the issue via dialogues and consultations. We hope the European side will show further sincerity and flexibility and find a solution that is acceptable to both sides via consultations."

"Wine imports from the EU enter our market via dumping, subsidies and other unfair trade practices, and have hit our wine production," the Ministry said.

China has become a major wine importer in recent years, particularly for wines from the EU. Total wine imports amounted to 30.3m nine-litre cases in 2012, a rise of 10.9% over 2011. France is the largest country of origin for imports into China at 14.3m nine-litre cases.

by S. C.
06 june 2013, World News > Asia

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