U.S solar panel producers backed by Obama in battle with China

President Obama is set to support the U.S solar panel producers in their battle against their Chinese competitors. A group of seven U.S manufacturers are set to ask for an import duty hike up to 100 percent on solar panels made in Chinese soil. It is said that the Chinese government is subsiding the costs for these panels to be “dumped” in the American market.

The case was filed last year and matter has now reached tipping point. The move will set the sparks flying in the already uneasy relation between the two countries. America hasn’t taken kind to Beijing’s currency policies, while on the other hand China has been sour over duties imposed over many goods imported from China.

Suntech Power Holdings Co, Trina Solar, and JA Solar Holdings, three of China’s major players in the solar panel manufacturing industry account for more than 20 percent of the annual sales in U.S. America is the second biggest market for these companies after Europe. In a move to escape some of the additional burden of import duties, these manufacturers have started shifting base to the middle-east.

White Rice Linked with Type2 Diabetes

Researchers have found high consumption of white rice increases the chances of developing diabetics, a disease that is becoming an epidemic in certain countries. The study reveals that for every large portion of rice consumed, the risk of developing the disease increases by 11 percent. People who ate rice as their staple diet, as much as four servings a day, were 27% more likely to develop diabetics, a phenomenon most common in Asian countries.

The research was carried by Harvard School of Public Health across four countries; China, Japan, Australia and the U.S. About 350,000 people were part of the studies for over a period of 4 to 22 years, out of which 13,000 people developed Type 2 diabetes.

The reason behind the higher risk caused by white rice is still unclear. However, researchers believe it could be its high score on the glycemic index (GI). The index shows how a specific food item affects blood sugar level, a high score means it can cause spike in blood sugar. Even previously, research has elucidated how foods with high GI index increase the risk of diabetes.

Obama Shifts Focus to China

In a huge revamp of its national defense strategy, US shifts its focus to China post a war-filled decade spent in Iraq and Afghanistan. President Barrack Obama in a special session at the Pentagon revealed the defense strategy. In a very carefully worded speech, which included no direct reference to china, he dwelled upon the future of the armed forces.

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