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The hearing is part of the preparation of an own-initiative opinion on the same subject.

When China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), the accession protocol included a clause which could be interpreted to mean that from a specific date (11 December 2016), China would automatically be given market economy treatment for the purposes of the application of trade defence instruments. This interpretation is contested by some stakeholders.  It would have a direct impact on industry, investment, growth and employment in Europe.

05/04/2016

The 14th EU-China Civil Society Round Table took place in Brussels on 18 and 19 May 2016. Topics set up for discussion during this meeting of the Round Table were Innovation and economic development in rural areas, and Infrastucture and investment, in the framework of the One Belt One Road initiative and the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The aim of the discussions was to find common ground and exchange ideas and best practices.

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29/07/2010

"At the meeting delegates from both sides held extensive discussions on the themes
"Sustainable Development and Water " and "The rights of the Child"..."

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Joint declaration 7th EU-China Round Table

29/07/2010

"Pendant la réunion, les deux délégations ont mené des discussions approfondies
sur "Le développement durable et l'eau" et "Les droits de l'enfant"..."

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Joint declaration 7th EU-China Round Table

03/05/2012
Speaker
Staffan Nilsson
Organisation: 
EESC

We have in place for many years now the EU-China Round Table. Within this framework (which was started10 years ago, and was supported in the EU-China summit 2004), the EESC meets regularly with the Chinese Economic and Social Council. Just a few weeks ago we had our EU –China Round Table in Hangzhou. Our declaration adopted by the end of our discussions in April focused on sustainable urban development. Our two rapporteurs, Evelyne Pichenot on the European side, and Professor Zou Ji on the Chinese side, have done a huge work together.

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EU- China Urbanisation Partnership: Staffan Nilsson's Intervention at the Opening Session

29/05/2018
Speaker
Luca Jahier, EESC President

The EU and China share common views in many areas. The ever-increasing interdependence in this globally connected world that will put demands on us in terms of closer cooperation to face common challenges. Especially in the area of trade and investment, firstly, we must ensure that growth is sustainable, inclusive, and benefits all. We must take measures to make sure we operate sounds and stable financial systems, and commonly and strongly continue to defend the multilateral, open and rules-based trading system we have so carefully built over the last 50 or more years. In this context, the EU’s and China’s active and constructive engagement is paramount to ensuring that the WTO remains the core of the open trading system.

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