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China promises to step up efforts to join the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement
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China ready to discuss overhaul of WTO subsidy rules

“Negotiations were difficult but ultimately fruitful”, concluded Donald Tusk after Tuesday’s European Union-China summit in Brussels. The two sides achieved their main objective for their meeting, namely to come up with a joint statement that is meaningful enough to EU capital and commits both sides to specific actions. “In today’s …

Brexit anxiety continues this week
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Week ahead in EU trade: EU-US, China, Chile, Tunisia, E-commerce

April could see a slowdown in decision-making in trade policy in Brussels. But this does not mean there will be less anxiety over two major files: EU-US trade relations and Brexit. In April we will also see new developments on EU-Chile and EU-Tunisia trade negotiations and on e-commerce. Continued EU-US, …

China strategy paper: Commission vows to step up ‘reciprocity’ demands, security measures
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China strategy paper: Commission vows to step up ‘reciprocity’ demands, security measures

Ahead of the European Council next week and an EU-China summit in early April, the European Commission formally tabled a series of actions that make policy vis-à-vis Beijing “more realistic, assertive and multi-faceted”. The new commission communication entitled EU China – A Strategic Outlook says that  “there is a growing …

A week in Brussels: EU US, China regulations, Swiss vs Lux steel, Mercosur
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A week in Brussels: EU US, China regulations, Swiss vs Lux steel, Mercosur

It’s been an intense week on the Brexit front as European Union free trade agreements start being rolled over and gradually transformed by exiting Britain, and ‘No Deal’ Brexit is keeping EU agribusiness awake at night.  Loads in our Brexit section here. Transatlantic, Vietnam and the EU’s own sneaky protections …

New WTO case: EU tries to prove US and China wrong on tech transfers
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New WTO case: EU tries to prove US and China wrong on tech transfers

Remember when the European Union filed a dispute at the World Trade Organization last spring targeting Chinese intellectual property violations and forced technology transfers? In fact, the preliminary consultations foreseen by WTO rules before legal proceedings begin never actually took place. Instead, the EU went back to the drawing board …