EU-China Archives

  • EU parliament freezes China deal ratification until Beijing lifts sanctions

    China 21-05-2021

    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.

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

    05-05-2021

    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.

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

    03-05-2021

    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.

  • EU blames China for endangering peace in South China Sea

    26-04-2021

    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.

  • Hungary to build Budapest campus of Chinese university with Chinese loan

    Politics 22-04-2021

    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.

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

    China 08-04-2021

    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.

  • Despite China threats, Lithuania moves to recognise Uighur genocide

    07-04-2021

    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.

  • US, EU to cooperate on China dialogue, Russia challenge

    25-03-2021

    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.

  • EU nations rebuke China envoys over retaliatory sanctions

    China 23-03-2021

    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.

  • West hits China with coordinated sanction over Xinjiang abuses

    China 23-03-2021

    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.

  • China sanctions 10 Europeans including parliamentarians

    22-03-2021

    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.

  • China warns EU against ‘confrontation’ over human rights sanctions

    16-03-2021

    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". 

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