Suntech and the Chinese solar charge

China, led by the world's biggest maker of solar panels, is making a significant push toward solar, but its success has put a trade war with America firmly on the cards.

In the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi, home to the world's biggest maker of solar panels, labour is so cheap that workers carry out jobs by hand while machines designed to perform the same tasks sit idle.

The low cost of labour, coupled with the massive scale of production at its 14,000-person plant, have enabled China's Suntech to become the global industry leader in just a decade.

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