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Does China Have Feet of Clay?


No one knows what China’s future holds, and there is a long history of faulty predictions of systemic collapse or stagnation. Neither outcome is likely, though the country is facing several challenges that are far more serious than many observers seem to think. Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to be on a roll. He has [...]

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EU and China step up their cooperation on environment, water and circular economy

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1.4.2019 – From 1 to 3 April 2019, an EU delegation headed by EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella is visiting China to continue and deepen EU – China environmental bilateral relations. He will co-chair the 7th environmental dialogue and will initiate two new high-level dialogues on Water and Circular [...]

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The Global Impact of a Chinese Recession

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Most economic forecasts suggest that a recession in China will hurt everyone, but that the pain would be more regionally confined than would be the case for a deep recession in the United States. Unfortunately, that may be wishful thinking. When China finally has its inevitable growth recession – which will almost surely be amplified [...]

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Commission clears acquisition of Gorenje by Chinese


7.8. 2018 – The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of sole control over Gorenje gospodinjski aparati of Slovenia by Hisense Group of China. Both companies produce and supply large domestic appliances, such as refrigerators or ovens. The Commission concluded that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns given [...]

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China’s Vision for the Next 30 Years

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Achieving the lofty development goals China’s leaders have set will not be easy. But with a clear development blueprint and a powerful leader whose political clout all but guarantees continued reform, the country seems to be in a strong position to sustain its unprecedented economic success in the coming decades. SHANGHAI – Every five years, [...]

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EU-China Summit

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30.5.2017-The 19th bilateral summit between the EU and China will take place on 1-2 June in Brussels. The aim will be to advance on the strategic partnership between the EU and China. Trade, climate change and migration will be among the issues to be covered during the summit. It will also be an opportunity to [...]

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Commission imposes duties on Chinese steel

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12.5.2017 – The Commission published definitive anti-dumping measures a new type of steel products originating in China. The latest investigation confirmed the preliminary findings that the Chinese seamless pipes had been sold in Europe at dumped prices. Chinese exports will now be taxed with an extra duty ranging from 29.2% to 54.9%. This is another [...]

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Number of counterfeit goods continue to rise


Customs authorities across the EU seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to new figures released today by the European Commission. This means that the number of intercepted goods grew by 15% compared to 2014. More than 40 million products suspected of violating an intellectual property right [...]

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Statistical data at the end of G-20

Artists perform at a G20 summit event at West Lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Photograph: VCG via Getty Images

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Council President Donald Tusk represented the EU at the 11th G20 leaders’ summit, which took place on 4 and 5 September in Hangzhou, China. The communiqué at he end of the summit reflected the increasingly complex and technical language of G20 officials. Combined with its lack of [...]

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Chinese invest 315 billion in EU plan

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At the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing today 28 October, China announced its intention to contribute to the Investment Plan, as well as closer cooperation with the EU on investment issues in general. During the High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing, Vice-Premier Ma Kai informed Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen announced [...]

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China and the Deep Blue Sea


Since December 2013, China has added more than 1,200 hectares to islands in the South China Sea. The geopolitical implications of these land reclamation efforts are well documented: The majority of the activity has taken place on the Spratly Islands, an archipelago in the waters between Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines, all of which – [...]

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EU imposes measures on Chinese solar panels

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The Council today backed the Commission’s proposals to impose definitive anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on imports of solar panels from China. Duties will apply for two years as of 6 December 2013. In parallel, the Commission confirmed its Decision accepting the undertaking with Chinese solar panel exporters applied since the beginning of August. The imposition [...]

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