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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.

EU demands China 'review' Chinese journalist Gao Yu's trial 17 April 2015, 23:52 CET
The European Union on Friday demanded that China "review" the trial of 71-year-old Chinese journalist Gao Yu, who has been sentenced to seven years prison after being convicted of leaking state secrets.

Macedonia PM accused of taking EUR 20m bribe 26 March 2015, 19:31 CET
Macedonian opposition leader Zoran Zaev on Thursday accused conservative Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski of accepting a 20-million-euro bribe from Chinese firms to grant them motorways construction concessions.

EU slaps anti-dumping duties on China, Taiwan steel 25 March 2015, 17:00 CET
The EU announced Wednesday it will impose anti-dumping duties for six months on some steel imports from China and Taiwan as a new trade row erupted between Brussels and Beijing.

China denies seeking veto power in new bank 25 March 2015, 11:47 CET
China has not sought veto power over a new multilateral bank, a top finance ministry official said Wednesday, after a report Beijing enticed major European countries to join by offering to give up control over decisions.

Cheap eurozone takeaway fuels Chinese appetites 25 March 2015, 11:36 CET
The inexorable decline of the single currency offers ambitious Chinese firms a bargain buffet of eurozone business, analysts say, with this weekend's multibillion deal for Italian tyremaker Pirelli only the latest course in an acquisition binge.

'Made in China' tops EU list of unsafe products 24 March 2015, 14:03 CET
From toy-shaped cigarette lighters to a short-circuting plush rabbit that catches fire, a European safety watchdog warned Monday of a growing number of dangerous products for sale, with most coming from China.

China shoppers gain appetite for Chanel on euro drop 20 March 2015, 10:22 CET
Chinese shoppers are mobbing Chanel stores and counting their savings after the French fashion house slashed handbag prices in the world's biggest luxury market due to the slumping euro.

European AIIB decisions a blow to US: Chinese media 18 March 2015, 12:44 CET
Chinese state media took a victory lap on Wednesday, gloating over the decision of major European powers to join a Beijing-backed multinational lender that the United States perceives as a threat to the Washington-led World Bank.

Humanity at 'five to midnight' on climate: EP head 17 March 2015, 17:39 CET
Time is running out for the world to achieve a climate change agreement, the president of the European Parliament said Tuesday ahead of a key United Nations meeting in Paris later this year.

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.