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Speech: EU Trade Commissioner in China urging deeper global and bilateral trade and investment ties

China | Beijing, 11 July 2016

During a four-day visit to China, Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke this morning to students at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

She stressed the enormous benefits that the EU-China relationship had brought to both sides and argued that in addressing their own major challenges – a sustained economic recovery across the EU and reform and opening up in China – both sides would benefit each other as well as their own citizens.

In this light, she highlighted a number of concerns on the lack of a level playing field for EU firms doing business in and with China, stressed the potential of negotiations for an EU China Investment Agreement and argued for joint EU and Chinese leadership in the World Trade Organisation.

The Commissioner's visit to Beijing follows meetings in Shanghai for the G20 meeting of trade ministers, where she and other representatives of the world's leading economies stressed the importance of trade and investment for global growth and employment and recommitted to their pledge to avoid protectionism.

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