Obama's China Wind-Power Complaint Backed by Companies

Bloomberg Businessweek

Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration’s trade complaint against China over support for its wind-energy manufacturers won backing from U.S. business groups.

The case, filed at the World Trade Organization in Geneva yesterday, is the first by the U.S. over green technology after months of complaints about Chinese efforts to force manufacturers to make those products in the country. A government fund for wind manufacturers requires recipients to use domestically made parts, violating WTO rules, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said in a statement announcing the case.

The complaint “appears to be an appropriate first step,” John Frisbie, the president of the U.S.-China Business Council in Washington, which represents investors such as General Electric Co., the biggest U.S.-based wind-turbine maker, said in a statement.

GE and and Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world’s biggest maker of the turbines, have invested in manufacturing in China under the country’s rules.

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