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A Chinese solar panel producer is claiming that the law firm representing a U.S. solar company pursuing a Section 201 safeguard petition against foreign imports of solar products has a conflict of interest in the case, which it says should be dismissed.

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The Trump administration is likely to fashion its future trade dealings along the lines of its 100-day trade plan with China, Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday.

China is “highly concerned” about a Section 201 safeguard petition filed by U.S. solar company Suniva, which is calling for the imposition of duties on imports of solar panel products, a Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman said on Tuesday.

The Solar Energy Industries Association is arguing that a U.S. solar company pushing for safeguard duties on imports of solar panels is not representative of the domestic manufacturing industry – and that such duties would harm the entire solar industry.

Citing a slew of trade concerns and characterizing the measure as a means to erect trade barriers under the guise of national security, more than 50 business groups from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia are urging China to delay the entry into force of Beijing's Cybersecurity Law.

The World Trade Organization Appellate Body last week determined that the Commerce Department's use of “adverse facts available” in antidumping investigations is open to a sweeping “as such” challenge, a decision that analysts say could have major implications.