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Latest news about China and the European Union.The EU-China Strategic Partnership, which is based on the 1985 EU China trade and cooperation agreement, has grown to include foreign affairs, security matters and international challenges such as climate change and global economy governance. The EU and China are world players. The EU is China’s biggest trading partner, while China is the EU’s largest source of imports and 2nd largest two way trading partner. The trade and investment relationship is a major source of wealth, jobs, development and innovation for both sides.

Switzerland gets the edge on EU with China trade deal 07 July 2014, 18:31 CET
Switzerland has one-upped its European Union neighbours with a free trade deal with China that its politicians and business sector say is crucial to boosting ties with the world's second-largest economy.

China's trade policies still too opaque: WTO members 03 July 2014, 20:14 CET
World Trade Organization member states on Thursday urged China to make its trade policies more transparent amid a "striking" lack of clarity on its rules.

China in 'massive' violation of EU solar panel deal: lobby group 05 June 2014, 17:56 CET
Chinese solar panel makers are in "massive violation" of a settlement between China and the EU that ended a bitter trade feud last year, a key European lobby said on Thursday.

European firms spooked by slowing China growth: survey 29 May 2014, 15:40 CET
European businesses fear the "good times are over" in China, a survey showed Thursday, citing the country's slowing economic growth, rising labour costs, falling profits, regulatory hurdles and pollution.

China gas deal a symbolic victory for Russia but won't leave Europe dry 25 May 2014, 09:46 CET
The $400 billion gas deal Russia signed with China was a symbolic victory for Moscow as it is locked in a dispute with the West over Ukraine, but the scale of the deal is not as massive as it seems.

Euro agency urges black box life extension after MH370 crash 06 May 2014, 17:18 CET
Europe's aviation safety watchdog has called for the transmission time of tracking beacons fitted onto black box flight recorders to be extended from 30 to 90 days, a reform that may have made it easier to find the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Facts: EU arms and technology sold to China's armed forces 30 April 2014, 11:51 CET
European Union countries export a range of technology to China's military, according to public documents, research institutes and military analysts.

EU firms help power China's military rise 30 April 2014, 20:08 CET
As China boosts its military spending, rattling neighbours over territorial disputes at sea, an AFP investigation shows that European countries have approved billions in transfers of weapons and military-ready technology to the Asian giant.

Fake drugs labelled as Chinese tea: France in record haul 10 April 2014, 14:03 CET
French customs have confiscated millions of counterfeit drugs imported from China in what they described as the biggest seizure of its kind within the European Union.

Japan posts top growth in clean energy: survey 03 April 2014, 22:39 CET
Japan last year stepped up spending on clean energy at a faster rate than any other country, despite a drop in the world's overall investment, a study said on Thursday.

Xi goes to Belgian factory on last leg of Europe tour 01 April 2014, 18:15 CET
Winding up an 11-day visit to Europe taking in mega business deals and stately banquets, President Xi Jinping toured China's biggest Belgian factory Tuesday, a Volvo car plant.

Xi visit sets 'landmark' in EU-China ties 31 March 2014, 18:17 CET
Chinese leader Xi Jinping, on the last leg of a maiden tour of Europe, on Monday made a ground-breaking visit to European Union headquarters underlining China's bid to firm up bilateral ties.

China's Xi seeks 'win-win' in ground-breaking EU visit 31 March 2014, 14:34 CET
China's Xi Jinping made a ground-breaking first visit by a Chinese president to European Union headquarters Monday, saying closer ties between the two partners -- which represent a quarter of the world's people -- were "a win-win".

China's Xi receives royal welcome in Belgium before EU talks 30 March 2014, 21:10 CET
Xi Jinping received a royal welcome and an honorary knighthood in Brussels on Sunday at the start of a three-day visit despite China's "panda diplomacy" causing a row among his Belgian hosts.

China's rare earth trade limits break global rules: WTO 26 March 2014, 17:47 CET
China has broken the rules of global commerce by restricting exports of rare earths, tungsten and molybdenum, a move that benefited domestic industries, a World Trade Organization panel said on Wednesday.

Europe's safety police find more toxic toys and textiles 26 March 2014, 16:54 CET
From collapsing pushchairs to chemical-polluted shoes -- an ever-rising number of toxic toys and skin-irritating textiles are being removed from supermarket shelves by Europe's consumer safety squad.

Beijing to end anti-dumping wine probe after European 'deal' 23 March 2014, 13:08 CET
Beijing will end an anti-dumping inquiry into wine imports from the European Union, China's commerce ministry said Friday, after what it said was a deal between producers.

China bans Polish pork amid African swine fever scare 27 February 2014, 19:05 CET
China has banned pork imports from Poland, a leading EU exporter of the meat, after Warsaw confirmed its first two cases of African swine fever among wild boars.

Peugeot posts 2.3-bn-euro loss amid tie up with China's Dongfeng 19 February 2014, 12:25 CET
Peugeot Citroen halved losses last year, the car giant announced on Wednesday along with a shareholder tie-up with China's Dongfeng and the French state ending one of France's oldest industrial dynasties.

China sets dissident trial date as EU envoy criticises rights record 17 January 2014, 13:20 CET
China will next week hold the trial of Xu Zhiyong, a long-time campaigner for legal-reform, prosecuted as part of what is seen as a government-led crackdown on dissent, his lawyer said on Friday.

China's financial sector largely closed: EU Commissioner 07 January 2014, 14:35 CET
China's financial sector is not open enough to foreign participation and key obstacles remain to investment, European Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services said on Tuesday.

EU anti-dumping investigation on imports of solar panels from China 02 December 2013, 11:55 CET
EC documents on the EU’s anti-dumping investigation on imports of solar panels from China - EU market access investigations

EU imposes anti-dumping measures on some Chinese solar panels 02 December 2013, 11:56 CET
The European Union will on Friday begin imposing anti-dumping measures on some Chinese solar panels whose manufacturers rejected an amicable settlement.

China, EU begin negotiations on investment pact 21 November 2013, 22:07 CET
China and the European Union began talks on a landmark investment agreement Thursday, a positive move amid lingering trade tensions between the two sides.

EU, China settle solar panel dispute 28 July 2013, 00:54 CET
The European Commission has reached an "amicable solution" with Beijing over imports of Chinese solar panels, a dispute that had threatened a full-blown trade war between two of the world's largest trading powers.