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 …

United States & TTIP

Transparency – EP & COM still at odds over access to TTIP documents

A European Parliament trade committee report on “transparency, accountability and integrity in the EU institutions”, with the group’s chief Bernd Lange as rapporteur is underway. It calls for more transparency in the EU’s Common Commercial Policy. It regrets in particular that access to so-called confidential documents on TTIP remains restricted: …