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Biden freeze on solar tariff puts green agenda over China tensions

Clearer path for Southeast Asian imports angers American panel makers

Solar panels are installed on a home in San Diego. President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to boost U.S. production of solar panel parts.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- A recent White House move to free up imports of solar panels lifts one barrier to the Biden administration's goal of promoting renewable energy, but leaves American suppliers and China hawks frustrated.

President Joe Biden last week issued an order exempting panels manufactured in Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia from import duties for up to two years.

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