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China hinders Western solar expansion

Silicon wafers are processed with this machine at Yingli Solar in Tianjin. They are essential preliminary products for photovoltaic systems.

It is a minor announcement that could have a major impact: China wants to place an export ban on important technologies for the production of solar systems. A final decision on this is still pending. A public consultation was open until the end of January. But all China experts consulted are certain that the export restrictions will come. Once a consultation period is over, China rarely reverses major changes to regulations, according to Rebecca Arcesati, an analyst at the German China think tank Merics.

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