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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.

MEPs vote against market economy status for China 13 May 2016, 15:49 CET
EU Parliament members voted against dumping and the granting of market economy status (MES) to China Thursday. This is seen as an important signal that the EU will not grant MES so long as China fails to meet its WTO obligations.

Chinese toys, clothing top EU's 2015 list of unsafe products 26 April 2016, 16:37 CET
Toys and clothing top the list of dangerous products for which the EU issued Europe-wide alerts last year, with China remaining the number one country of origin for products on the EU's alert system.

EU agri-food trade continues to increase 22 April 2016, 11:40 CET
EU agri-food exports in February 2016 were worth EUR 10.2 billion, well above export values in January, and even slightly above exports in February last year, according to the EU's latest monthly statistical report.

China to impose import duties on electrical steel from EU 04 April 2016, 16:27 CET
China said Friday it would impose import deposits of up to 46 percent on flat-rolled electrical steel products from the European Union, as its domestic producers face growing financial pressure.

VW's Skoda Auto eyes 2 bn euro investment in China 30 March 2016, 14:42 CET
Top Czech carmaker Skoda Auto, a unit of Germany's Volkswagen, and the Shanghai-based SAIC Motor Corporation plan to invest two billion euros ($2.3 billion) in China over five years, an agreement signed Wednesday said.

Russia's Novatek inks EUR 1.09 bn Yamal stake sale with China fund 15 March 2016, 18:55 CET
Russia's Novatek finalised Tuesday a 1.09-billion-euro ($1.2-billion) deal to sell China's Silk Road Fund a 9.9 percent stake in an Arctic natural gas project whose development has been complicated by Western sanctions against Moscow.

EU clears French-Chinese tie-up for UK nuclear plant 11 March 2016, 17:15 CET
EU anti-trust regulators on Thursday cleared a partnership between French power company EDF and Chinese nuclear firm CGN to build nuclear power plants in Britain, including the controversial Hinkley Point project.

US election 'shouldn't slow' Atlantic trade talks 10 March 2016, 14:45 CET
Europe's top trade official said Wednesday that talks with Washington on an ambitious trans-Atlantic trade treaty continue despite US elections which have put such deals on the firing line.

EU increases sanctions against North Korea 04 March 2016, 22:18 CET
The EU on Friday imposed additional punitive measures against North Korea over recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of United Nations resolutions.

EU to study further N.Korea measures after UN sanctions 02 March 2016, 19:12 CET
The European Union on Wednesday said it would consider further measures against North Korea after the UN Security Council imposed the toughest sanctions ever imposed against Pyongyang.

China's industrial overcapacity damaging global economy: study 22 February 2016, 12:11 CET
China's overcapacity in heavy industries is wreaking "far-reaching" damage on the global economy, with steel production "completely untethered" from market demand, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said Monday.

EU hits China with new steel anti-dumping probes 12 February 2016, 18:05 CET
The EU launched new probes on Friday into imports of Chinese steel, warning it would not allow "unfair competition" to threaten Europe's industry already crumbling under a flood of cheap imports.

Georgia to build $2.5 bn Black Sea port on China's Silk Road 08 February 2016, 15:32 CET
Georgia on Monday announced plans to build a new deep-water Black Sea port in a $2.5-billion project that aims to boost trade between China and Europe along the historic Silk Road route.

China's Ai Weiwei shuts show to protest Danish migrant law 27 January 2016, 14:06 CET
Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei on Wednesday closed down his exhibition in the Danish capital after lawmakers passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to seize valuables from asylum seekers.

Wallstrom condemns China detention of two Swedes 22 January 2016, 21:37 CET
Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on Friday condemned China's detention of two Swedish nationals as "unacceptable", as the European Union called in a statement for a "swift resolution" of the case.

EU is 'falling apart', Soros warns 22 January 2016, 11:26 CET
The European Union is "falling apart", American financier George Soros warned as part of wide-ranging remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday.

Sanction Chinese state media: advocacy group 21 January 2016, 11:45 CET
The European Union should impose sanctions on Chinese state media, a journalism advocacy group said Thursday, denouncing broadcasts and reports of "forced confessions" by detainees.

EU has 'deep concerns' about China's detention of Europeans 20 January 2016, 16:26 CET
The European Union's ambassador to China said Wednesday it was "deeply concerned" about Beijing's detention of EU citizens, hours after state media broadcast the purported confession of a Swedish activist held by authorities.

WTO faults EU in nuts and bolts dispute with China 19 January 2016, 11:16 CET
The World Trade Organization on Monday ruled against the European Union in a dispute that has been raging since 2009 between the bloc and China over import duties on nuts and bolts.

EU delays decision on China market economy status 14 January 2016, 13:39 CET
The EU on Wednesday said it would wait until later this year to decide if China should finally be considered a real market economy, a status keenly sought by Beijing that would make it harder for Europe to limit its cheap exports.

EU opens debate on China market status 13 January 2016, 15:42 CET
The EU will on Wednesday launch a year of delicate deliberations to decide whether China should be considered a market economy, a long-denied status that would make it harder for Europe to fight off cheap imports.

France to speed Chinese visa delivery 11 January 2016, 23:10 CET
France is to shorten visa delivery processes for Chinese tourist groups to one day from the current two as Paris targets a larger slice of a growing market, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.

EU: Hong Kong bookseller disappearances 'extremely worrying' 07 January 2016, 20:07 CET
The EU on Thursday called the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers "extremely worrying" and urged an investigation, amid concerns Chinese is tightening its grip over the former British colony.

China joins European development bank 14 December 2015, 22:06 CET
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said Monday it had accepted China as a member, handing the world's second biggest economy investment routes into Europe, Africa and Middle East.

China energy giant CGN strikes EUR 1.6 bn French solar deal 10 December 2015, 20:43 CET
Energy giant China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) said Thursday it plans to invest 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) over five years in a French firm which produces photovoltaic panels for solar power.