Latest News:  


China, EU may hold investment deal talks

By FU JING and HE WEI (China Daily)

09:52, June 15, 2013

Hope for negotiations despite the ongoing dispute over solar panels

China and the European Union may launch negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty, despite their ongoing dispute over solar panels.

Zhang Haiyan, a professor of EU-China investment and trade at Antwerp Management School in Belgium, said: "Both Brussels and Beijing have already signaled their eagerness in kick-starting such an investment negotiation but it is not easy to forecast how soon it will be concluded."

EU foreign ministers have put the possibility of an agreement between Beijing and Brussels on the discussion agenda at Friday's meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council in Luxemburg.

At the meeting, European Commission free trade negotiators have a mandate to negotiate an agreement between Brussels and Washington on combining a free trade market of 800 million people.

The foreign ministers of the 27 EU member states have also discussed the solar panel anti-dumping dispute, with Beijing and Brussels striving to reach negotiated prices for China's solar exports.

Brussels accuses China of dumping the panels on the EU at reduced cost, claiming Chinese manufacturers are receiving unfair government subsidies.

If no compromise is reached by Aug 6, the European Commission will raise the temporary anti-dumping penalty to 47.6 percent from 11.8 percent.

Zhang, a long-time observer of China-EU economic and trade relations, is certain any talks will turn into a marathon wrangle.

【1】 【2】 【3】

We Recommend:

Fortune Global Forum's guests visits panda

China calls for dialogue after EU solar panel duties

China-South Asia Expo opens in SW China

Huawei launches flagship smartphone Ascend Mate

3D printing gallery opens in Chongqing, SW China

White collars setting up stalls become popular

B787 Dreamliner misses maiden voyage in China

Computex Taipei 2013 exhibition kicks off

12 Asian business women: Intelligent and beautiful

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:LiQian、Ye Xin)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Chinese, Russian special forces

  2. Anti-terror exercise conducted in S. Korea

  3. U.S. Army cerebrates 238th birthday

  4. Anniversary of Zheng Chenggong Temple

  5. Farmers burn wheat stubble despite ban

  6. Girl travels 16 hours to save wounded eye

  7. Murdoch prefers a quiet divorce

  8. Joe Chen covers Modern Lady

  9. Airbus A350 lands safely from test flight

  10. Hilton to open 120 new hotels in China

Most Popular


  1. Whistleblower welcome in China
  2. Chinese brands in global marketplace set to grow
  3. Surveillance programs reveal U.S. hypocrisy
  4. People's Daily urges safety after deadly accidents
  5. Equities slump amid slow-growth estimates
  6. World owes Snowden debt of gratitude
  7. Male teachers needed at Chinese kindergartens
  8. Hard times for air pollution
  9. Road ahead for China's food safety
  10. Showdown of China's Big Three cities

What’s happening in China

Developer razes historic Guangzhou structures

  1. Enteric virus sickens over 100 C China students
  2. S China official jailed over child molestation
  3. 1 dead in NE China construction site accident
  4. Beijing set to rein dangerous dogs
  5. Quest for 2nd child exposes couple’s private life