Relations between China and Europe are being put to the test. On Monday, anti-dumping tariffs that the European Union imposed on Chinese solar-technology imports two years ago are set to expire.
The past two years have been marked by changes. China’s market for renewable energies is growing dynamically. The world’s second-largest economy is dependent on foreign technologies and expertise in many fields. But instead of systematically exploiting the opportunities, many in Europe are calling for the tariffs to be extended. Such defensive action is the wrong path to take.
At the ongoing climate summit in Paris, President Xi Jinping of China just committed to “green growth” and the fight against environmental pollution. The Chinese people have been shocked by the amount of smog in the nation’s major cities and the poisoned rivers and contaminated soil.