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Washington — Tariffs on solar panels imposed nearly two years ago by US President Donald Trump to protect US manufacturers from competitors in China and elsewhere are now the focus of a battle in Washington over whether the measures should be amended.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is holding a hearing on Thursday as part of a midterm review of the levies, scheduled to decline in 2020 and 2021. Suniva, a Georgia-based panel maker that first asked Trump for protection from Asian rivals, has already told the commission it wants to curtail those reductions. Yet the industry’s leading trade group says the duties should be eliminated early...

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