Since the beginning of the month, the world solar market has focused intently on China. The collapse of big-name American companies like Evergreen and Solyndra and the continued troubles for many European makers pointed to the same question: Can anybody compete with Chinese solar manufacturers? The question has reverberated across both sides of the Pacific. On the Asian side, companies like Suntech are preparing for the emergence of the Chinese market, while makers like Solar Frontier in Japan are focusing on that nation's government-led surge toward renewables. Meanwhile in the U.S., one Democratic senator says he has a solution to China's dominance: Increase taxes on solar panels coming into U.S.