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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 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 …

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US SECURES CHINESE COMMITMENTS ON INVESTMENT: China and the US have reported modest progress in bilateral investment treaty (BIT) negotiations. China has reportedly offered a broader scope of sectors open to investors and narrowed down under what conditions investments may be blocked for ‘national security’ reasons.   GABRIEL: NOT READY …