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China does not need human rights lesson, says top envoy

09.12.14 @ 09:23

A top Chinese official in Brussels told reporters that China doesn’t need lessons on human rights from the EU. Li Junhua, a director general in the foreign affairs ministry, on Monday (8) said China has its own model of ...

OpinionEuropean tremors have only begun

05.06.14 @ 09:27

When President Obama arrived in Poland earlier this week, it was as two decades of uncritical integration exuberance had faded in Europe. Instead of Brussels, the old continent is again led by a handful of core ...

OpinionTime to take Sino-EU relations to a new level

31.03.14 @ 09:14

As the first Chinese leader to visit the EU headquarters, President Xi Jinping is seeking a new trade opening with Brussels, which needs deeper economic relations for its recovery agenda. In China President Xi’s visit ...

Belgian police try to censor posters ahead of China visit

28.03.14 @ 18:53

Local police in Brussels told organisers of a New York-based Chinese dance company to remove posters of a performance ahead of China’s presidential visit to the EU next week. President Xi Jinping and his entourage will ...

AgendaObama in Brussels this WEEK

21.03.14 @ 16:37

EU capital Brussels will be pulling out all the diplomatic stops this week as it plays host to US President Barack Obama. The President will attend the EU-US summit in Brussels on Wednesday (26 March) in what will be ...

OpinionWill Europe benefit from China's grand new strategy?

20.11.13 @ 09:04

In the 1980s, Deng Xiaoping’s economic reforms and opening-up policies enabled China to industrialise through investment and export-led growth. After Beijing’s Third Plenum, the new grand strategy by President Xi ...

EU-China trade talks set for November launch

09.10.13 @ 21:51

The EU will in November launch talks aimed at negotiating its first investment agreement with the Chinese government. The plan - endorsed by MEPs on Tuesday (8 October) - seeks increased access for European businesses ...

EU and China need each other, EU trade chief says

17.09.13 @ 20:06

EU and Chinese firms should have equal access to each other's markets, the bloc's leading trade official said Tuesday, warning that Beijing would not be able to subsidise its industries and maintain economic growth. " ...

EU settles trade dispute with China, warns member states

29.07.13 @ 14:48

The EU has defended a deal with China over solar panel imports amid criticism it has caved into Bejing's demands. Karel De Gucht, EU trade commissioner, Monday (29 July) announced that an "amicable solution" had been ...

EU-China rights talks marred by deadly riots

26.06.13 @ 09:27

EU diplomats met their Chinese counterparts in Guiyang to discuss human rights on Tuesday (25 June) as minorities clashed with police in the north-western part of the country, leaving scores dead. The official Xinhua ...

China retaliates in EU trade dispute

06.06.13 @ 09:29

China on Wednesday (5 June) hit back at Europe targeting wine imports in a tit-for-tat move over the EU commission's decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels. Beijing said it launched an anti- ...

EU imposes controversial levy on Chinese solar panels

04.06.13 @ 18:36

The European Commission on Tuesday (4 June) decided to impose anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese solar panels - the largest case to date involving over €20bn worth of imports - despite German-led opposition from member ...

Merkel backs China in EU trade row

27.05.13 @ 07:53

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do her utmost to avoid an EU-China trade war over subsidies for solar panels and wireless equipment as she welcomed the new Chinese Prime Minister, Li Keqiang, in Berlin on ...

China beats EU to Arctic Council membership

16.05.13 @ 09:29

The Arctic Council at its biannual meeting on Wednesday (15 May) in Sweden allowed in six new observer states, but deferred the EU's application until a later date. China, along with India, Italy, Japan, South Korea and ...

Iceland signs first European free trade pact with China

16.04.13 @ 09:28

Iceland on Monday (15 April) became the first European country to sign a free trade agreement with China after six years of negotiations. A joint-statement notes the two sides want “to enhance their exchange and ...

Greenlanders go to the polls as interest rises in the Arctic island

11.03.13 @ 14:43

Greenlanders go to the polls on Tuesday (12 March) in a vote that will attract an inordinate amount of outside interest for a semi-autonomous territory of just 57,000 people. The interest is largely due to climate ...

InterviewThe voice of the EU commission has 'gone soft'

18.02.13 @ 09:23

It was just eight years ago. In 2004, Romano Prodi, an Italian economics professor from Bologna, left one of the most powerful posts in Europe. In his five year term as President of the European Commission, he oversaw ...

OpinionOld Europe, New China

16.11.12 @ 09:05

After leadership transition, China will move toward liberal reforms, but in the uncertain world such changes require tough hands. How will the new Beijing approach Europe? As the Eurozone slipped into its second ...

China tells EU to end arms ban

20.09.12 @ 12:19

Chinese leader Wen Jiabao has bluntly told the EU to drop its ban on arms sales. He made the call in his opening remarks to top EU officials Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso at a summit in a stately home in ...

No press at EU-China summit, again

19.09.12 @ 17:10

China is "disappointed" and the European Commission feels "regret" before the EU-China summit has even begun. The prickly remarks before the top-level meeting in Brussels on Thursday (20 September) came after a ...

OpinionEU quiet as trouble brews in Asia

18.09.12 @ 15:20

As tensions rise between Asia’s economic giants, China and Japan, over a small group of uninhabited mini-islands in the East China Sea, reaction from the EU remains conspicuous by its absence. The world’s second and ...

InvestigationEspionage in Belgium: recent cases

18.09.12 @ 09:16

With Belgium's spy-catcher-in-chief, the VSSE's Alain Winants, speaking out to international media about espionage in the EU capital, TargetBRUSSELS and EUobserver profile the cases that came out in the open in recent ...

InterviewIntelligence chief: EU capital is 'spy capital'

17.09.12 @ 09:17

"I stopped meeting him for lunch because all he did was ask questions and he never said anything about himself," a diplomat on the EU Council's working group for post-Soviet countries once told this website about his ...

InterviewBelgian intelligence chief talks to EUobserver: transcript

17.09.12 @ 09:17

EUobserver: In what way does the VSSE co-operate with the EU institutions and Nato? Alain Winants: Belgium hosts the institutions of two major international bodies - the EU and Nato, which is a great privilege but it's ...

AgendaChina comes to EU next WEEK

14.09.12 @ 16:48

China will come to Europe this week (17-24 September) in the form of an EU-China summit, a separate bilateral business summit and a meeting of Chinese and European mayors. Top brass will be out on both sides. Premier ...

China is 'world's largest hacking victim,' ambassador says

12.09.12 @ 19:32

China’s ambassador to the EU, Wu Hailong, on Wednesday (12 September) refuted a recent Bloomberg report that hackers linked to his government had broken into the email accounts of 11 senior EU officials, including one ...

UK universities ranked best in EU

11.09.12 @ 09:21

The UK hosts all the "world class" universities in Europe according to a study by QS, a US-based firm which helps business graduates to get jobs. The world ranking, out on Tuesday (11 September), put Cambridge ...

Little enthusiasm for EU probe into China solar panels

07.09.12 @ 09:23

Apart from those spearheading the complaint, people within the European solar sector have expressed little enthusiasm for an EU investigation into the possible dumping of solar panels from China which may result in the ...

FocusChina urges Germany and France to solve euro-crisis

30.08.12 @ 19:35

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on Thursday (30 August) offered vague promises to buy bonds from troubled euro-countries, but said that it is ultimately up to Germany and France to solve the crisis. "The European debt ...

FocusAmid crisis, Europeans flock to learn Chinese

30.07.12 @ 09:27

Ever since Europe’s economy began spiralling downwards a growing number of people from Dublin to Athens is taking to learning the language of opportunity: Chinese. Aggregate data are not available, but figures from ...

China-EU trade war looms over solar energy industry

28.07.12 @ 09:22

China and the EU are facing a trade war after a group of European solar panel producers this week lodged an anti-dumping complaint, sparking immediate threats of retaliation. The complaint comes from Germany's ...

Ashton boat trip seen as new chapter in China relations

12.07.12 @ 12:17

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton believes Beijing is ready to step up co-operation after a meeting with her Chinese counterpart. Her assessment comes after Dai Bingguo, a top-level Chinese foreign policy ...

FocusIs China picking off individual EU members?

10.07.12 @ 10:18

Lately EU integration seems to have become a wrestling match between those member states large enough to impose conditionality on their partners and those member states large enough to escape this interference. No ...

FocusChina keen to scale down EU human rights talks

14.06.12 @ 08:50

China wants to hold human rights talks with the EU just once a year and to curtail discussion of individual cases. Wang Xining, the Chinese EU embassy's spokesman, told EUobserver the meetings should take place "maybe ...

China air chief threatens to impound EU planes

12.06.12 @ 18:35

China might impound European aircraft if Chinese airlines are punished for missing Friday's (15 June) deadline on CO2 data, a top executive has said. Wei Zhenzhong, the head of the China Air Transport Association, a ...

FocusEU sees dramatic surge in investment from China

07.06.12 @ 17:27

In what has been called “a definite turning point,” China’s direct investment in Europe over the last couple of years has multiplied by a factor 10, according to a new study. EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht ...

FocusMEPs and China mark change in relationship

31.05.12 @ 17:50

With the aim of better understanding each other, members of the five big political groups in the European Parliament have met with members of the one big political group in the National People's Congress of China, in ...

Rising costs, red tape frustrate EU firms in China

30.05.12 @ 09:45

Most EU firms based in China plan to invest even more, but one in five might leave due to red tape and rising labour costs, a survey says. The report - by the EU chamber of commerce in Beijing and Roland Berger Strategy ...

FocusEU-China trade relations 'distorted,' MEPs say

24.05.12 @ 09:18

The European Parliament adopted a non-legislative resolution on the imbalance of trade relations between the EU and China on Wednesday (23 May). The imbalance, claims the report drafted by Liberal MEP Marielle de Sarnez ...

Commission blames China for press gag in EU capital

02.05.12 @ 17:39

The European Commission has indicated that China is responsible for a ban on media questions to vice premier Li Keqiang during his two-day visit to the EU capital. Commission spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde on Wednesday (2 ...

FocusChina seeks high-tech weapons, 'respect' on EU visit

02.05.12 @ 09:29

China has highlighted access to arms technology and less criticism on human rights as two priorities on a visit to the EU capital by its new-leader-in-waiting, Li Keqiang. The country's ambassador to the EU, Wu Hailong, ...

VideoEU has no choice but to make friends with China

25.04.12 @ 17:59

According to Professor Dent, the EU has no choice but to become closer to China. In this video, he talks about the interdependency between the EU and China and the need to bridge the cultural gap.

FocusNo time for press at 'globally important' EU-China meeting

19.04.12 @ 08:07

In a room behind closed doors in the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, the EU and China on Wednesday (18 April) declared their mutual intent to bolster cultural ties between average people. "Both sides would ...

FocusChina slowdown is bad news for Europe

13.04.12 @ 19:26

China's economy so far this year grew slower than ever in the last three years, spelling bad news for its biggest trading partner, the European Union. The second-biggest economy in the world grew by a mere 8.1 percent ...

EU to restrict foreign firms' access to public tenders

21.03.12 @ 19:18

Chinese, Russian or Brazilian companies bidding for public contracts in Europe may face restrictions if their governments do not open up their own state-run projects to European firms, the EU commission said Wednesday ( ...

No trade war with China, EU presidency says

16.03.12 @ 09:18

Business between the EU and China is running as usual, despite highly-public trade differences between the two economic powerhouses, the Danish trade minister has said. "I wouldn't say that [EU-China trade relations] ...

FocusChina central banker: EU is our biggest uncertainty

14.03.12 @ 08:55

In a sign of growing confidence on the global stage, China on Monday (12 March) singled out Europe as the "biggest uncertainty" for the future of its economy. The governor of China's central bank, Zhou Xiaochuan, said ...

EU-China: Business as usual despite Tibet suicides

09.03.12 @ 09:19

Two months ago, on 14 January, 22-year-old Buddhist monk Lobsang Jamyang was riding into the town of Ngaba in Tibet as a pillion passenger on a motorcycle. He asked the driver to turn off the main road to visit the Andu ...

FocusBarroso to China: EU is not falling apart

14.02.12 @ 18:12

European Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso has told the Chinese public that the EU will become a fully-fledged "political union" after the financial crisis. Speaking to TV cameras after a meeting with Chinese leader ...

China confronts EU on aviation tax

06.02.12 @ 09:28

China has banned its airlines from taking part in Europe's Emissions Trading System (ETS), which forces all airlines flying in and out of Europe from 1 January this year to buy pollution permits. On Monday (6 February) ...