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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.

WTO rules against China in row with EU, Japan over steel pipes 15 February 2015, 18:45 CET
A WTO panel largely ruled Friday against China in its row with the European Union and Japan over Chinese anti-dumping duties on imports of steel pipes.

ECB QE could cause "competitive depreciation": China 29 January 2015, 10:57 CET
The European Central Bank's new quantitative easing (QE) measures could trigger "competitive depreciation" of currencies around the world, China's commerce ministry warned Thursday.

ECB stimulus will boost China's exports 23 January 2015, 21:43 CET
A senior Chinese official welcomed the European Central Bank's quantitative easing measures on Friday, saying they will help boost the eurozone economy and in turn benefit China's exports.

EU risks China solar power row flare-up 09 January 2015, 18:00 CET
The Commission has risked reopening a bitter feud with China over solar panel manufacturing after confirming on Thursday it had launched a fresh trade probe into a key part of the sector.

China defends human rights record as one favouring development 08 December 2014, 21:02 CET
A senior Chinese official on Monday defended his country's human rights record against European criticism, saying Beijing favoured the "right to development and survival" over civil liberties.

EU approves UK's first nuclear plant for a generation 09 October 2014, 18:18 CET
The EU on Wednesday approved Britain's ambitious plan to build its first nuclear plant for a generation, with French and Chinese help, marking a major victory for nuclear energy three years after the Fukushima disaster.

EU 'concerned' over Hong Kong protests, urges restraint 02 October 2014, 17:27 CET
The EU expressed concern Thursday over demonstrations in Hong Kong and called on all sides to stay calm as a protester deadline for the island's embattled leader to resign loomed.

China jails Uighur scholar for life for 'separatism' 23 September 2014, 14:04 CET
A prominent academic from China's mostly-Muslim Uighur minority was jailed for life Tuesday for "separatism", with the European Union expressing outrage at the "completely unjustified" response to criticism of Beijing's policies in the restive Xinjiang region.

Britain's blockbuster nuclear deal to get EU nod 22 September 2014, 18:08 CET
The EU will recommend approval of Britain's ambitious plan to build its first nuclear plant in a generation, with backing from French and Chinese energy giants, after ruling that it met state aid rules, a spokesman said Monday.

China's promised reforms moving too slowly: EU businesses 09 September 2014, 19:41 CET
European businesses in China on Tuesday warned the Communist Party urgently to implement promised reforms or risk seeing growth in the world's second-largest economy plummet and incomes stagnate.

WTO confirms China rare earth trade limits break rules 11 August 2014, 20:25 CET
The World Trade Organization on Thursday upheld its ruling that China had violated global trade rules by restricting exports of rare earths, used in hi-tech goods like mobile phones and televisions.

Poland suffers first cases of African swine fever in pigs 23 July 2014, 20:53 CET
Poland has confirmed its first cases of deadly swine fever in domestic pigs, as the World Trade Organisation reviews a Russian embargo on EU pork imports imposed over the disease.

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.

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 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.