China

29 Sep: China: High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell holds the 11th EU-China Strategic Dialogue with State Councillor/Foreign Minister Wang Yi

(Source: EEAS)

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, and the Chinese State Councillor/Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, held the 11th EU-China Strategic Dialogue by video conference on 28 September 2021. They discussed EU-China relations, international and regional issues – including Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Indo-pacific. They also touched upon global challenges like climate change and the fight against the pandemic.

Reviewing developments in EU-China bilateral relations, the High Representative reaffirmed the validity of the EU’s multifaceted approach towards China, in all its dimensions. The High Representative noted that while disagreements still persisted, …

23 Sep: European Parliament solidarity with Taiwan. 

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team. 

The European Parliament committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) has issued a report making recommendations to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on EU-Taiwan political relations and cooperation. The strong words contained within the report are unlikely to be appreciated by the Chinese Embassy in Brussels, nor by Beijing. 

The report states that “The EU and Taiwan are like-minded partners that share common values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law”, and goes on to highlight that, …

15 Sep: China: Speech on behalf of the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell at the EP debate

(Source: EEAS)

Speech delivered by Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen

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Madam President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament,

Today’s debate is a timely opportunity to discuss our common approach towards China. As reflected in your report, a lot has changed in the past months when it comes to this important relationship, and not necessarily for the better. Relations have become increasingly challenging.

Until the end of 2020, we saw positive steps in developing European Union-China relations, rebalancing our economic relations and developing our internal toolbox to address challenges brought along by China.

This increased leverage and …

09 Sep: EU-UK security and defence cooperation prospects post Brexit

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

Following the quick and relatively unplanned exit from Afghanistan by the military forces of some EU Member States, there have again been mutterings from both Charles Michel, President of the EU Council, and David Sassoli, President of the EU Parliament, regarding the frequently posed suggestion of an EU army. Many international military operations found themselves left dangling as a result of the unannounced United States withdrawal from Afghanistan and took this as a lesson for the future. UK forces found themselves is a similar position but Britain is now not …

11 Aug: China: Statement by the Spokesperson on the sentencing of Mr Michael Spavor

(Source: EEAS)

The sentencing of Michael Spavor, a Canadian citizen, to 11 years of imprisonment was announced today at Dandong Detention Centre in China. 

Mr. Spavor was arbitrarily detained in December 2018, held under harsh conditions (so-called “Residential Surveillance at a Designated Location”) and formally indicted with endangering national security only in June 2020. The trial was held behind closed doors. He was not permitted to appoint lawyers of his choice, and consular access while in custody was heavily restricted. 

The European Union has repeatedly urged China to abide by its international legal obligations to guarantee procedural fairness and due …

19 Jul: China: Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union urging Chinese authorities to take action against malicious cyber activities undertaken from its territory

(Source: Council of the EU)

Today, the EU and its member states, together with partners, expose malicious cyber activities that significantly affected our economy, security, democracy and society at large. The EU and its member states assess these malicious cyber activities to have been undertaken from the territory of China.

The compromise and exploitation of the Microsoft Exchange server undermined the security and integrity of thousands of computers and networks worldwide, including in the member states and EU institutions. It allowed access to a significant number of hackers that have continued to exploit the compromise to date. This irresponsible and …

09 Jul: China: High Representative Josep Borrell spoke to Foreign Minister Wang Yi

(Source: EEAS)

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell held a meeting by video conference with Chinese State Councilor/Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday.

The High Representative and the State Councilor reviewed recent developments in EU-China relations. They had a frank exchange on the adoption of listings under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime and the announcement on Chinese counter-measures on 22 March. The High Representative stressed the EU’s concerns about developments in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. He also expressed his conviction that EU-China engagement remains essential and that channels …

16 Jun: EU TENDER: China Observatory: Monitoring of China’s Economic Policy and Developments Affecting the Economic Relations Between the EU and China; Development and Maintenance of a Foreign Direct Investment Database

Deadline: 09-06-2022

(Source: European Commission, DG Trade (TRADE))

Scope of the procurement

Title: China Observatory: Monitoring of China’s Economic Policy and Developments Affecting the Economic Relations Between the EU and China; Development and Maintenance of a Foreign Direct Investment Database

Reference number: TRADE/2021/OP/0002

Main CPV code

79311400 Economic research services

Type of contract

Services

Short description:

The aim of the project is to obtain quality analysis and regular updates on the developments and trends in China’s economy, its economic policy and its economic relations with the EU. This will include analysis of: the implementation of the 14th Five-Year Plan and …

28 May: EU-China sanctions : Who will blink first?

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

It is part of Chinese culture that they must save face at any cost. It is part of European culture to be polite and give in quietly to avoid embarrassment for themselves and their associates. In the past European etiquette has always enable the Chinese to control the narrative. This time, however, stalemate appears to be the outcome as during its plenary of 20 May 2021, Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) refused to accept any agreement with China whilst sanctions from China against certain Members of the Parliament remained …

28 May: CPVO signs new Administrative Arrangement with Chinese authorities

(Source: CPVO)

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs of China (MARA), and the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China (NFGA) signed a new Administrative Arrangement on 26 May 2021, after the previous Administrative Arrangement for the period 2018-2020 had expired.

The new Administrative Arrangement with a duration of five years is an opportunity to reinforce the collaboration in Plant Variety Protection (PVP) and to continue the fruitful exchange that started almost 5 years ago.

During the signing ceremony that took place virtually, Martin Ekvad, President of the CPVO, said: “The cooperation between the EU …