** Chinese Dissident Loses Tax Appeal**
The lawyer for Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei Pu Zhiqiang said his client lost his appeal Friday against a multi-million-dollar tax evasion fine on a company he founded.
Pu Zhiqiang said the Beijing Chaoyang District court rejected Ai WeiWEI's appeal .
Ai told reporters at his studio in Beijing that he was very disappointed by the ruling.
His supporters say the case is part of the government's effort to muzzle China's most famous critic. Ai was not allowed to attend the closed hearing, which was held in June.
**China Opens Dumping Probe Against US, South Korea**
China says it will open probes into imported U.S. and South Korean solar-grade polysilicon, which is used to make solar products.
The Ministry of Commerce announced Friday that it will investigate whether U.S. and South Korea sold the kind of polysilicon used to produce solar batteries at artificially low prices in China.
In another statement, the ministry said it will look into U.S. state subsidies for the sector, including tax exemptions, free land, and use of public funds for job training.
The announcements come after Washington slapped import duties on solar equipment
from China in May, because of what U.S. officials called dumping. Beijing called the action protectionist.