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Comment: EU-China trade and investment files – another five years of impasse?
Asia Investment

Comment: EU-China trade and investment files – another five years of impasse?

In a speech to the Brussels business community, Cecilia Malmström set out the European Commission’s approach to China. The trade commissioner’s talk indicates there will likely not be much change in the way Brussels deals with the giant Asian country. European businesses wanting the EU to open more markets in China for them might …

A decade of exposure to EU trade defence instruments – Pakistan vs. EU at the WTO
Asia Disputes & TDI

A decade of exposure to EU trade defence instruments – Pakistan vs. EU at the WTO

[sh_light_text ]Pakistan brought a case against the European Union (EU) to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) dispute settlement body this week. Pakistan contests the bloc’s anti-subsidy import taxes on material used to produce plastic bottles. We’ve looked into the history of the case and found the story is ten years old …

Comment: Why the planned European free trade deal with Vietnam will not likely see light so soon
Asia Bilateral

Comment: Why the planned European free trade deal with Vietnam will not likely see light so soon

[sh_light_text ]Hopes a planned EU-Vietnam free trade deal would be clinched at the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) this week in Italy were dashed when both sides announced they were hoping to conclude the deal “in the next few months”. Despite Hanoi’s and Brussels’ declared optimism, an early conclusion of the talks is …

EU-China investment treaty talks may face bumpy road
Asia Investment

EU-China investment treaty talks may face bumpy road

[sh_light_text ]The EU and China are discussing their planned bilateral investment treaty on the sidelines of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in Italy this week. Both want to conclude an agreement that mutually opens markets and better protects investors’ rights. But negotiations will likely be protracted and Beijing does not appear to prioritise this deal with Brussels, Jennifer Freedman …