Trade between the EU and China encounters political issues as global tensions rise and climate change mitigation measures are destined to influence patterns of production and exchange. At the same time, economic developments in both China and Europe seem highly uncertain. This report sets out to deal with a number of these topics.
62% of Chinese companies in Europe believe that the political climate has deteriorated for them. In a recent study, they blame “media disinformation” among other factors, a line commonly used by the Chinese Communist Party to discredit criticism.
China wants more dialogue with Europe on climate measures, according to the chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce to the EU, who also detailed China's new data security law, which he said was the equivalent of the EU's data protection rules.
The Chinese business community’s message to the EU is clear: an open and non-discriminatory business environment is key while bilateral cooperation and dialogues should always prevail.
Xu Haifeng is the Chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU (CCCEU).