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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).

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.

EU maps out closer relationship with China 23 June 2016, 00:32 CET
The EU adopted Wednesday 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.

EU strategy to support Myanmar reform 02 June 2016, 21:47 CET
The EU's foreign policy chief and the European Commission adopted a Joint Communication Thursday setting out a vision for EU engagement with Myanmar as the country's transition enters its next phase.

G7 leaders push free trade agenda 28 May 2016, 00:24 CET
Leaders of the G7 countries meeting at a summit in Japan reaffirmed their commitment to open and fair global trade and called for swift progress on regional trade agreements, including the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and TTIP.

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.

EU - China partnership on 5G 28 September 2015, 22:49 CET
The EU and China have signed a milestone agreement in the global race to develop 5G networks, during today's EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue in Beijing.

Third annual report on the implementation of the EU-South Korea FTA 26 March 2015, 22:12 CET
The Annual Report on the implementation of the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), presented today, provides further evidence on the contribution of trade to the economy. EU exports of goods to Korea increased by 35% since 2011, during the first three years of the agreement, the report shows.

EU-Japan relations - 22nd EU-Japan Summit 07 May 2014, 15:08 CET
The European Union and Japan are like-minded strategic partners and major economies sharing common values and principles. Their 22nd bilateral summit took place on 7 May in Brussels.

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

Anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels 04 June 2013, 17:36 CET
The European Commission has decided to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of solar panels, cells and wafers from China.

Negotiations for an investment agreement with China 23 May 2013, 13:41 CET
The European Commission decided today to ask the EU Member States for their agreement on a mandate to open negotiations on an investment agreement with China. This is the first ever proposal for a stand-alone investment agreement since foreign direct investment became the exclusive competence of the EU under the Lisbon Treaty.

A Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Japan 15 April 2013, 11:56 CET
The EU and Japan on 25 March 2013 officially launched the negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The aim is for a comprehensive agreement in goods, services and investment eliminating tariffs, non-tariff barriers and covering other trade-related issues, such as public procurement, regulatory issues, competition, and sustainable development. The first round of negotiations was held in Brussels from 15 to 19 April 2013.