China premier warns EU over solar, telecom probes

BEIJING (AP) - China's premier has criticised the European Union for pursuing anti-dumping cases against Chinese solar power and telecommunications equipment that he warned will hurt both sides.

The official Xinhua News Agency quoted Mr Li Keqiang as saying in a speech in Switzerland that pursuing anti-dumping cases will hurt European consumers and might encourage trade protectionism.

The European Union imposed anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made solar panels this month to offset what it said were improper subsidies. Also this month, the EU said it will investigate whether Chinese telecom equipment makers also receive improper support.

"The cases over these two types of products will hurt Chinese industries, business and jobs and also damage the vital interests of European users and consumers," Mr Li was quoted as saying. "We express firm opposition."