EU-China

30-07-2020

China says US fuelling new Cold War due to presidential election

China on Thursday (30 July) accused the United States of stoking a new Cold War because certain politicians were searching for a scapegoat to bolster support ahead of the US presidential election in November.
29-07-2020

EU to restrict exports to Hong Kong over security law

The European Union on Tuesday (28 July) agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2020

Germany’s Altmaier encourages MEPs to be more realistic

In his presentation of the German EU presidency's priorities, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) urged MEPs on Thursday (16 July) to be more realistic, particularly on renewable energy and relations with China. But he continues to believe that barring Huawei, as the UK recently did, is wrong. EURACTIV Germany reports.
14-07-2020

EU preparing measures against China over Hong Kong

The EU is preparing counter-measures on China in response to Beijing's new security law on Hong Kong, the bloc's top diplomat said on Monday (13 July), but envoys stressed the likely steps will not amount to economic sanctions.
22-06-2020

No progress on trade, investment, Hong Kong as EU wraps-up tense China summit

No tangible progress was made on several key issues as leaders from the EU and China met for a tense virtual summit on Monday (22 June), amid tensions over tariffs targeting Chinese firms and Europe's fears over Beijing's growing global authority.
18-06-2020

Caught between US and Beijing, EU approaches challenging China summit talks

While the EU is still struggling to find a common position on China, Beijing hopes to boost ‘strategic trust’ when its leaders hold a video summit with European Council President Charles Michel and Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen next...
Competition 17-06-2020

EU seeks to beef up its defences against foreign subsidies

The European Commission outlined on Wednesday (17 June) new tools to address the disruption caused by subsidised foreign companies operating in the single market, including the possibility to block the acquisition of European firms.
China 12-06-2020

Twitter takes down Beijing-backed influence operation pushing coronavirus messages

Twitter on Thursday (11 June) said it removed more than 170,000 accounts tied to a Beijing-backed influence operation that deceptively spread messages favorable to the Chinese government, including about the coronavirus.
04-06-2020

China-EU summit in Germany postponed due to coronavirus

A summit planned for September in Leipzig, Germany, between China and the European Union has been postponed because of the coronavirus, the German government said on Wednesday (3 June).
29-05-2020

China: One of Germany’s EU presidency priorities

EU-China relations will be one of Germany's EU presidency priorities in foreign policy matters, with an overall objective of "strengthening Europe as an anchor of stability in the world," said Chancellor Angela Merkel. EURACTIV Germany reports.
25-05-2020

EU needs ‘more robust’ China strategy, says bloc’s chief diplomat

The EU must adopt a "more robust" strategy to deal with an increasingly assertive China, the EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday (25 May), ahead of a scheduled meeting of EU foreign ministers meant to discuss EU-China strategy later this week.
Economy & Jobs 12-05-2020

Sefcovic calls for fair EU market access in China to ‘increase trust’ after COVID-19

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič has renewed calls for European firms to gain fair market access in China after the global public health crisis has been reigned in, in an effort to restore trust and confidence.
08-05-2020

Commission defends agreeing to Chinese censorship

The EU on Thursday (7 May) defended agreeing to let Beijing censor an article by European ambassadors published in Chinese media to remove a reference to the coronavirus originating in China.
China 25-04-2020

China pressured EU to drop COVID disinformation criticism: sources

China sought to block a European Union report alleging that Beijing was spreading disinformation about the coronavirus outbreak, according to four sources and diplomatic correspondence reviewed by Reuters.
31-03-2020

In China, the time ‘after’ COVID-19 is beginning – but fear remains

For weeks, China has hardly reported any new cases of coronavirus infections. The economy is showing signs of recovery, but the fear of a "second wave" remains.
Politics 26-03-2020

Capitals Special Edition – How effective is China’s ‘mask diplomacy’ in Europe?

In this Special Edition of the Capitals, the EURACTIV Network looks into how China's 'mask diplomacy' has been perceived by the different EU member states facing the COVID-19 crisis.
Coronavirus 20-03-2020

China rejects US ‘stigma’ over coronavirus, winks at EU

Beijing strongly condemned US President Donald Trump’s latest habit to call the coronavirus a “Chinese virus” and urged everyone to follow the science instead. At the same time, China has stepped up efforts to send equipment and experts to Europe, now the epicentre of the pandemic, in what AFP described as 'mask diplomacy'.
China 26-02-2020

EU voices concern about China’s jailing of bookseller

The EU criticised China on Tuesday (25 February) over the jailing of a Swedish book publisher, saying his rights were not respected.
5G 05-02-2020

Huawei promises ‘Made in Europe’ 5G for EU

Chinese telecom giant Huawei said on Tuesday (4 February) it would set up manufacturing hubs in Europe, as it tries to fight off US pressure on EU nations to stop it from operating.
Economy & Jobs 04-02-2020

Coronavirus threatens EU-China agreement in 2020

Concluding an EU-China investment deal this year would be a “real challenge”, even more as the coronavirus will force both sides to cancel negotiation rounds, warned the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.
22-01-2020

Don’t shun China, urges Merkel at American prize ceremony

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday (21 January) urged Western global powers to include China in their multilateral system and treat Beijing equally rather than freeze it out and risk slipping into a Cold War-style bipolar order.
15-01-2020

Former EU official suspected of spying for China

German prosecutors said they were investigating on Wednesday (15 January) three people who allegedly spied for China, including a former EU diplomat, according to media reports.
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2020

EU, US, Japan agree on proposals to limit subsidies

The EU, US and Japan put forward on Tuesday (14 January) a proposal to limit industrial subsidies among WTO members and explored ways to address forced technology transfers, two issues at the core of ongoing trade frictions with China.
Economy & Jobs 17-12-2019

China calls for opening free trade talks with the EU

Chinese foreign affairs minister Wang Yi made a “plea” on Monday (16 December) for launching free trade talks with the EU, in parallel with the ongoing negotiations on an investment deal.
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