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calendar   Friday - January 06, 2012

china threatens eu with trade war ….. sock it to em China.

Europe faces the possible threat of a trade war with the USA after the high court in the EU, threw out an American claim for our airlines to avoid new emissions-trade rules.

As of Jan. 1st, the EU says all airlines who land in EU member states will need carbon permits and naturally, costs are going up.
All airlines flying to and within Europe will be affected.

Now enter the Chinese who are hot under the collar over this and are saying F***You to the EU.
OK, they didn’t go that far and aren’t as crude as I am. But you get the idea.  And I hope the Chinese stick to their guns on this issue.  Lets see if the EU can take those folks on and at what cost.

Give em hell China.

The “environmental squeeze” that helped prompt British Airways owner IAG’s takeover of BMI is set to ignite a trade war between China and Europe after the EU’s top court upheld a move to charge airlines using the Continent’s airspace for their greenhouse gas emissions.

Beijing yesterday threatened disruptions to trade with the EU after the European Court of Justice ruled on Wednesday that the emissions tax would go ahead as planned on 1 January. The move added China’s voice to that of America, which last week warned that it would take “appropriate action” if the proposed charges were not amended or delayed.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency, which acts as the Chinese government’s mouthpiece, said: “This is a trade barrier in the name of environmental protection and will strike a blow to passenger benefits and the international airline industry. It will be difficult to avoid a trade war focused on an aviation ‘carbon tax’.” The European Commission has calculated that costs per passenger could rise by about £21 on a return transatlantic flight as a result of the emissions charge.

The ruling from the European Court of Justice will intensify the pressure on airlines exerted by environmental concerns, adding to the woes of an industry already reeling from high fuel costs and the weak US and European economies.  China threatens trade war over EU jet emissions tax


Chinese airlines warn they will refuse to pay EU carbon tax

China’s biggest airlines warned on Thursday they will refuse to pay a new EU tax aimed at cutting carbon emissions.

By Peter Simpson, Beijing

Beijing said it has deep concerns over the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), which came into force on New year’s Day and demands all airlines pay a green duty to offset carbon emissions.
“China opposes the European Union’s unilateral legislation. China has expressed to the EU our deep concern and opposition many times on a bilateral level,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.
Mr Hong urged Brussels to hold urgent talks with Beijing over the controversial carbon allowance scheme, which has also met strong opposition from other countries.
The China Air Transport Association was more militant in its response – declaring its members would not co-operate with the ETS and refuse to pay the added tax.
It also said it would seek legal action and try and attempt to form an international alliance to scrap the scheme.

“The CATA, on behalf of Chinese airlines, is strongly against the EU’s improper practice of unilaterally forcing international airlines into its ETS,” CATA spokesman Cai Haibo said.
“If governments like the US, China and Russia can launch strong and forceful retaliatory measures, this will form enormous pressure and we hope could make the EU to change its mind.”
China’s four major airlines – national flag-carrier Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines – are represented by the CATA.
China is likely to be able to pull unusually heavy punches in the dispute as its air carriers ferry hundreds of thousand of passenger from Asia into Europe’s troubled markets, including the tourist sector.

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