China South Asia & ASEAN

Beijing signals unhappiness over EU Taiwan BIT plans as Xi UK visit said to foretell coming EU China relations

The new EU trade strategy Trade for All announced on 14 October was noted among others for the Commission’s official readiness to launch bilateral investment treaty negotiations with Taiwan once its own BIT negotiations with mainland China, launched in 2013, are finalised. It did not take long for Beijing to …

EU FTAs & bilateral ties South Asia & ASEAN

MEP Caspary (EPP) wants to kick-start BIT negotiations with Taiwan before conclusion of EU China BIT

In remarks following the presentation by Commissioner Malmström of the new EU trade strategy at INTA on Thursday 15 October, MEP Daniel Caspary, trade spokesperson for the centre-right political group EPP, said he welcomed the Commission’s announcements of new FTAs, citing notably Australia and New Zealand. He questioned the Commission’s …


EU and China conclude framework agreement on best practices in competition policy

DC Competition signed a ‘practical guidance’ document with China’s ministry of commerce MOFCOM laying out best practices in competition policy. The move comes as concerns have risen over the way China enforces anti-monopoly policy vis-à-vis foreign-invested companies. The Commission says: “The guidance will facilitate communication throughout the entire merger review …