But Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, the most powerful EU leader, spoke out strongly against the duties, fearful they would result in a Chinese backlash.

In early July, China's commerce ministry opened an anti-dumping inquiry into wine exports from Europe in response to the EU's planned tariffs on Chinese solar panels.

Associated Press writer Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.
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