China Extends Tariffs on Optical Fiber

It is unclear if the move is related to a recent border clash with India.

An Indian flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem outside the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Oct. 23, 2013.
An Indian flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem outside the Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Oct. 23, 2013.
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BEIJING (AP) — China’s Commerce Ministry said Thursday it has extended punitive tariffs on Indian optical fiber products for five years.

The announcement follows a yearlong review after a previous tariff expired in 2019. It takes effect Aug. 14.

It is unclear if the move is in any way related to a recent bout of antagonisms between the Asian giants linked to a border clash in which 20 Indian soldiers died.

The tariffs on single-mode optical fiber range from 7.4% to 30.6% and were first imposed in August 2014.

Optical fiber is used in telecommunications networks.

Earlier this month, India kept in place tariffs on Chinese-made solar power products that were imposed to protect its own manufacturers.

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