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EU's tariff plan targeting Chinese EVs to undermine its own green transition: official

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EU's tariff plan targeting Chinese EVs to undermine its own green transition: official

2024-06-18 20:22 Last Updated At:21:57

The European Union's plan to impose additional duties on imports of Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) will undermine its own green and low-carbon transformation and the global response to climate change, China's top economic planner said Tuesday.

The European Commission on June 12 unveiled a preliminary decision to impose provisional anti-subsidy tariffs on EVs imported from China after its anti-subsidy investigation. The pre-disclosed duties range from 17.4 percent to 38.1 percent, in addition to the standard 10 percent vehicle duty already in place.

"Disregarding facts and rules and preconceiving outcomes, the investigation is actually weaponized and politicized, jeopardizing fair competition in the name of safeguarding it. We firmly oppose this. Practice has fully proved that shortsighted trade protectionism is not an option, and flowers in greenhouses can't stand wind and rain," Li Chao, spokeswoman of the National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic planner, told a press conference in Beijing.

The proposed tariffs, if implemented, would not only harm Chinese enterprises but also impede the long-term healthy development of EU companies, which will disrupt and distort the global automotive industry and supply chains, including the section within the EU, the spokeswoman warned.

She noted that such measures would not only harm the interests of EU consumers but also exacerbate the EU's dependence on foreign fossil fuels as well as hinder EU's green and low-carbon transformation efforts.

"China supports auto companies of all countries in participating in fair competitions and is dedicated to maintaining the stability of global automotive industry and supply chains. We hope that the EU will think and act with prudence, respect basic economic laws and the rules of the World Trade Organization, heed calls from its own industry, rectify its erroneous practices and return to the right path of open cooperation and green development as soon as possible," said the spokeswoman.

EU's tariff plan targeting Chinese EVs to undermine its own green transition: official

EU's tariff plan targeting Chinese EVs to undermine its own green transition: official

EU's tariff plan targeting Chinese EVs to undermine its own green transition: official

EU's tariff plan targeting Chinese EVs to undermine its own green transition: official

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China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

2024-07-15 11:55 Last Updated At:12:07

China achieved a bumper summer grain harvest in 2024, with the output reaching a record high of 149.78 million tons, up by 2.5 percent or nearly 3.63 million tons year on year, recent official data showed.

The ample yields of staple crops help bolster the country's food security, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.

The summer grain output per hectare reached 5,628 kilograms, an increase of 2.5 percent or 135.4 kilograms from last year. Notably, the wheat yield per hectare reached 5,986 kilograms, marking a 150-kilogram increase from 2023.

Currently, China has over 1 billion mu (about 66.67 million hectares) of high-standard farmland nationwide, effectively increasing grain yields per unit.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has launched a three-year plan aimed at enhancing the unit yield of wheat, along with a governmental fund of 1.6 billion yuan (about 220 million U.S. dollars) to support efforts in pest control, disease prevention, and heat resistance.

"We focus on addressing challenges in wheat planting process, including issues with plowing, sowing, management, and harvesting. By integrating fine varieties, key technologies, and advanced agricultural machinery, we've significantly increased unit yield of wheat over extensive regions. Henan Province has seen a rebound in wheat production, and major wheat-producing provinces like Shandong, Hebei, Jiangsu, and Anhui have achieved record-high yields per unit area," said Lyu Xiutao, deputy director of Department of Crop Production at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

China's 2024 summer grain output hits record high

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