U.S. says ban on Chinese firm’s solar products will not slow clean energy progress

The seal of the Department of Commerce is pictured in Washington, D.C., U.S. March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

WASHINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) – The Biden administration said Thursday it banned U.S. imports of a key solar panel material from Chinese-based Hoshine Silicon Industry Co (603260.SS), but stopped short of imposing a ban on all imports of silica from Xinjiang and said the action would not harm U.S. clean energy goals.

The Commerce Department separately added five Chinese entities to the U.S. economic blacklist over forced labor allegations in Xinjiang — including Hoshine. The White House cited the G7’s recent pledge to clean up the global supply chain as part of its actions.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the import bans on polysilicon and solar products made with forced labor would not hamper the Biden administration’s clean energy goals.

“Our environmental goals will not be achieved on the backs of human beings in a forced…

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