An EU Commission decision to impose tariffs on imports of Chinese solar panels has prompted Beijing to retaliate by launching an inquiry into allegations of the EU "dumping" wine on the Chinese market, raising fears of a trade war.
China has launched an anti-dumping probe into exports of European wine – of which France is the biggest producer – after the EU introduced tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels to protect its own manufacturers, raising fears of a broadening trade war. In 2012, France sold China 140 million litres, worth around €600 million.
China’s ministry of commerce said the government had begun an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probe into EU wines at the request of Chinese wine makers.
"We have noted the quick rise in wine imports from the EU in recent years, and we will handle the investigation in accordance with the law," it said in a statement.