Challenges in trade between China and the U.S. highlighted by forced labor bill

The trade complications between China and the U.S. know no limits. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal outlined some of the latest challenges revolving around the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which went it to effect in June of this year.

The industry has struggled in the past few years with a series of disruptions, from rising materials costs to the threat of new tariffs on major panel manufacturers. Lawmakers are trying to address some of those problems with tax incentives and other measures to support the solar industry included in the Inflation Reduction Act, which could pass Congress as soon as this week.

The latest delays arising from the UFLPA are a reminder that plenty of supply-chain problems still remain—particularly as the Biden administration tries to balance aims of being tough on China, which dominates solar manufacturing, with its ambitious renewables goal.

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