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Latest news about Asia and the European Union. The EU is deepening its strategic partnerships with China, India, Japan and negotiations are well underway on new partnership and free trade agreements with South Korea and with south-east Asian countries. Asia comprises high-income industrialised partners and dynamic emerging economies but is also home to two thirds of the world's poor. Development cooperation therefore remains high on the EU's agenda with Asia, and more than five billion euros allocated to Asia by the EU for the period 2007-2013. Policies are address common challenges, such as climate change, sustainable development, security and stability, governance and human rights, as well as the prevention of, and response to natural and human disasters. The EU is stepping up its support to regional integration through the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and intensifying cooperation with the Association of South-East Asia Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

41 million fake goods seized at EU borders, China main source 20 July 2017, 18:41 CET
Customs authorities detained more than 41 million fake and counterfeit products valued at over EUR 670 million at the EU's external borders in 2016, according to figures released Thursday.

EU-Japan trade agreement: texts of the agreement in principle 06 July 2017, 18:37 CET
The agreement in principle – shared with the EU’s Member States and the European Parliament, this website sets out what is in the agreement: summary of the agreement, explanatory factsheets, infographics and the published chapters

EU-Japan economic partnership agreement 06 July 2017, 17:36 CET
The EU has been negotiating a trade agreement with Japan. EU firms already export over EUR 58bn in goods and EUR 28bn in services to Japan every year. But European firms face trade barriers when exporting to Japan which make it hard for them to compete. The EU is also negotiating a Strategic Partnership Agreement with Japan in parallel.

EU and Japan reach agreement on historic free trade deal 09 July 2017, 23:52 CET
On the eve of the G20 summit, EU and Japanese leaders announced Thursday a political agreement on the EU-Japan free trade deal and closer political cooperation based on shared values.

MEPs greenlight tougher anti-dumping rules 06 July 2017, 12:35 CET
The European Parliament gave its green light Wednesday to start talks soon with national governments on new EU anti-dumping rules designed to give better protection to EU industry and jobs.

EU imposes import duties to counter Chinese subsidies on steel 12 June 2017, 15:46 CET
The EU Commission has imposed definitive anti-subsidy duties of up to 35.9 per cent on Chinese hot-rolled flat steel used in shipbuilding, gas containers, pressure vessels, tubes and energy pipelines.

EU-China relations - questions & answers 01 June 2017, 23:31 CET
 

MEPs call for EU rules on textile imports to curb worker exploitation 27 April 2017, 22:30 CET
EU rules are needed to force textile and clothing suppliers to respect the rights of workers around the world, who often suffer long working hours, low wages and hazardous conditions,’ MEPs said Thursday.

Brussels raises import tariffs on China steel 07 April 2017, 00:19 CET
The EU Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of hot-rolled flat steel products from China Thursday, fixing at higher duties than provisional measures in place since October.

EU, Japan look to speed up talks on trade deal 22 March 2017, 00:18 CET
The European Union made a renewed push for agreement later this year on a bilateral trade deal with Japan, as the country's prime minister Shinzo Abe met EU leaders in Brussels on Tuesday.

Court backs EU anti-dumping measures against Chinese solar panels 28 February 2017, 18:41 CET
The EU's top court gave its backing Tuesday to anti-dumping duties imposed by the EU in respect of imports of solar panels and key components originating in and consigned from China.

EU imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel 01 March 2017, 15:26 CET
The EU Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of heavy steel plates from China Tuesday, the latest in an unprecedented number of trade defence measures against unfair steel imports.

EU imposes new import duties on Chinese steel 27 January 2017, 17:24 CET
The European Commission decided Friday to impose definitive anti-dumping measures on two steel products originating in China and Taiwan.

EU slaps more anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel, iron 16 November 2016, 00:54 CET
The EU is to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on seamless pipes and tubes of iron and steel from China - typically used in power plants and in the oil and gas industry.

Steel, market access top China-EU talks agenda 20 October 2016, 00:26 CET
The EU and China held their 6th annual EU-China High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Brussels Tuesday with steel over-capacity and market access at the top of their agenda.

Brussels imposes anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel products 11 October 2016, 00:16 CET
In a swift reaction to what it claims is unfair competition, the EU Commission imposed Friday provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of hot-rolled flat steel and heavy plates of steel from China.

Indonesia, EU set date for start of timber licensing 16 September 2016, 23:59 CET
Indonesia and the EU have agreed a November start date for issuing licences to legal timber products for export to the EU in a major milestone in the global effort to combat illegal trade in timber.

EU slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese, Russian steel 09 August 2016, 19:08 CET
The European Union slapped anti-dumping duties on 'cold rolled steel' from China and Russia on Thursday, with the stipulation that they should remain in place for five years.

EU takes action at WTO over Chinese raw materials 01 August 2016, 23:57 CET
The European Union has launched its third action against China at the World Trade Organization, this time against Chinese restrictions on export of raw materials essential for European industries.

EU and Asian leaders unite against terrorism 18 July 2016, 12:37 CET
The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) concluded in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia with a celebration of twenty years of partnership, but with the attack in Nice and the military coup attempt in Turkey high on leaders' minds.

Steel, market economy the focus for EU-China summit 13 July 2016, 18:04 CET
The European Union and China concluded a two-day summit in Beijing Wednesday, with candid discussion over Europe's troubled steel industry, market economy status for China and human rights.

EU-China relations 13 July 2016, 17:15 CET
As two of the three biggest economies and leading traders in the world, the EU and China have a strong interest in a deep and comprehensive partnership.

Brexit overshadows EU-China meeting 13 July 2016, 00:30 CET
The 18th bilateral summit between the EU and China got under way in Beijing Tuesday, with Brexit overshadowing discussions on political and economic relations as well as global and regional issues.

EU deficit in trade in goods with China hits EUR 180 bn in 2015 12 July 2016, 12:19 CET
On the occasion of the European Union - China summit, which takes place on 12-13 July in Beijing, Eurostat, the EU's statistical office, issued some data on economic relations between China and the EU. Key figures: Trade in goods: China: top EU partner for imports in 2015, accounting for a fifth (20.3%) of all EU imports; China: second largest EU partner for exports in 2015 (9.5% of all exports), after the United States; EU trade in goods balance with China in 2015: deficit of EUR 180 billion, due to surge of imports; Machinery & vehicles dominate both exports and imports; Deficit with China for every EU Member State, except Germany and Finland; Trade in services: EU trade in services balance with China in 2015: surplus of EUR 10.3 billion, due to surge of exports; Foreign direct investment: EU: net investor with China in 2014

Elements for a new EU strategy on China 23 June 2016, 22:58 CET
The EU adopted on 22 June a Communication entitled 'Elements for a new EU strategy on China', which maps out the European Union's relationship with China for the next five years.