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Week in Brussels: China, Vietnam, steel safeguard

The securitisation of EU trade and investment policy is advancing. This week the European Commission announced it would look into tighter investment screening rules and potential outbound investment controls. Its planned anti-coercion instrument is also moving forward. And the debate on the Energy Charter Treaty is not abating. More on …

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EU, China hold trade meeting amidst increasing European concerns about broader relationship

“Engaging China will remain key”, concluded the European Commission’s director-general for trade in a short Twitter thread following the first High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue held since 2020. The meeting was chaired by China’s vice-premier Liu He and the EU’s commission executive vice president Valdis Dombrovskis. It was held …

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EU, China mandate high level dialogue to advance ‘market access’ conversation

Today’s widely anticipated EU-China summit held via videoconference mainly offered a channel of direct communication between the leaders of the Council and the European Commission on the one hand and China’s president and vice-premier on the other, amidst rising political rifts between the two sides that have been building up …