EU-China

10-06-2021

EU considers sending delegation to Hong Kong after electoral law reform

The European Union denounced on Wednesday (9 June) Hong Kong's major overhaul of its political system as a breach by China of its international commitments and threatened to send a delegation to visit the autonomous city.
08-06-2021

EU chief defends China deal ahead of US summit

One of Brussels' top two leaders has defended the European Union's efforts to reach an investment agreement with China, ahead of summit meetings with US President Joe Biden.
31-05-2021

Europe calls for more ambitious climate policies ahead of COP26

The world has made good progress on targets to reach net zero emissions, but now it must match those goals with policies, a senior EU official has said.
28-05-2021

China urges France to push for EU investment deal

China has urged France to convince the EU to ratify an investment deal blocked by the European Parliament, but a French minister said Thursday (27 May) that Beijing must first lift sanctions against MEPs.
26-05-2021

Chinese foreign minister slams EU’s ‘genocide’ accusations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that attempts by some in the EU to politicise trade issues by slapping sanctions on Beijing are “not acceptable and will lead nowhere” and has rejected the West’s accusations that China is perpetrating...
China 21-05-2021

EU parliament freezes China deal ratification until Beijing lifts sanctions

The European Parliament halted on Thursday (20 May) ratification of a new investment pact with China until Beijing lifts sanctions on EU politicians, deepening a dispute in Sino-European relations and denying EU companies greater access to China.
OpinionStakeholder Opinion
06-05-2021

How China Views Multilateralism

Multilateralism, as we in China understand it, is about seeking consensus through consultation and manage common affairs through cooperation for shared benefits and win-win results. In this sense, China and Europe share a common interest in upholding multilateralism. Fu Ying...
05-05-2021

EU efforts to ratify China investment deal ‘suspended’ after sanctions

European trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis said on Tuesday (4 May) that efforts to win approval for a proposed massive investment deal with China were effectively "suspended" after tit-for-tat sanctions were imposed by both sides.
03-05-2021

Juncker: EU has to be ‘less naive’ with China

Former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker believes the European Union has to be "less naive" with China, saying that "Europeans have to organise their relations" better with other foreign powers.
26-04-2021

EU blames China for endangering peace in South China Sea

The European Union called out China on Saturday (24 April) for endangering peace in the South China Sea and urged all parties to abide by a 2016 tribunal ruling which rejected most of China's claim to sovereignty in the sea, but which Beijing has rejected.
Politics 22-04-2021

Hungary to build Budapest campus of Chinese university with Chinese loan

The Hungarian government is planning to build a Budapest campus of the Chinese Fudan University with Chinese contractors, financed by a €1.25 billion loan from China, it emerged this month. The controversial project has sparked a row between the Hungarian government and the municipality of Budapest. EURACTIV's media partner Telex takes a closer look.
China 08-04-2021

Xi urges Europe to ‘make positive efforts with China’ in Merkel call

President Xi Jinping told German leader Angela Merkel during a phone call that he hoped Europe would "make positive efforts with China", Chinese state media reported, following an international row over the treatment of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.
07-04-2021

Despite China threats, Lithuania moves to recognise Uighur genocide

After Brussels moved to impose sanctions on China in March, Beijing retaliated by targeting four Lithuanian politicians among more than a dozen European diplomats and officials. Now, despite direct pressure on Lithuanian MPs, Vilnius is planning to recognise as genocide China's repression against Uighurs. EURACTIV's media partner LRT.lt reports.
25-03-2021

US, EU to cooperate on China dialogue, Russia challenge

The US and Europe have agreed to relaunch a bilateral dialogue on China and work together to address Russia's "challenging behavior," according to a statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the EU foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell.
China 24-03-2021

Looking at China: Dazed and confused

China is using its economic and technological force to attack the vital interests of the United States and its main strategic partner, the European Union, writes Vladimir Krulj.
China 23-03-2021

EU nations rebuke China envoys over retaliatory sanctions

France, Germany and other EU nations called in Chinese ambassadors on Tuesday (23 March) to protest at sanctions imposed by Beijing targeting their citizens, as China and Europe faced off over claims of rights abuses against China's Muslim Uyghur minority.
China 23-03-2021

West hits China with coordinated sanction over Xinjiang abuses

The United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on Chinese officials on Monday (22 March) for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, the first such coordinated Western action against Beijing under new US President Joe Biden.
22-03-2021

China sanctions 10 Europeans including parliamentarians

China on Monday (22 March) announced sanctions on 10 Europeans including politicians and scholars, as well as four entities, in retaliation against the EU's approval of measures over Beijing's crackdown on the Uighur minority.
16-03-2021

China warns EU against ‘confrontation’ over human rights sanctions

China is deeply concerned over the EU's likely imposition of human rights sanctions on Chinese officials and its ambassador in Brussels warned the bloc on Tuesday (16 March) to "think twice" before engaging in confrontation, because China "will not back down". 
Climate change 12-03-2021

China approves five-year plan, underpinned by fossil fuels

China approved its five-year goals on Thursday (11 March), but the world’s biggest polluter shows little ambition of moving away from fossil fuels, leaving much to be decided.
11-03-2021

China moves to overhaul Hong Kong politics, squeezing democratic opposition

China’s parliament approved on Thursday (11 March) a draft decision to change Hong Kong’s electoral system, further reducing democratic representation in the city’s institutions and introducing a mechanism to vet politicians’ loyalty to Beijing. The measures are part of Beijing’s...

China says ‘more consultation’ needed on EU carbon border levy

The European Commission needs to have further discussions with Beijing and other trading partners about its upcoming carbon border levy, a senior Chinese diplomat said at a EURACTIV event on Thursday (28 January).
29-01-2021

‘Still much work to do’ with China after investment deal, says Commission

Despite a recent investment agreement reached with Beijing, there is still “much work to do” to rebalance the EU-China trade and overall economic relations, the European Commission said on Friday (29 January).
Climate change 29-01-2021

Carbon-neutrality: How can the EU and China co-operate to lead global climate change efforts?

Climate change can only be tackled effectively with a global approach in a multilateral framework.The EU wants to work closely with China to deploy a 'climate diplomacy' to share efforts with the rest of the world, especially with the biggest emitters.