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Xi deals with Europe


On Monday, Xi Jinping co-hosted a China-Germany-EU leaders' meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel via video link.
Everyone was keen on getting along (Xinhua 2):

  • “[The leaders] agreed to strengthen communication and cooperation to ensure the success of the upcoming series of major political agenda between China and the EU,…vowing to bring ties up to a higher level
The leaders announced that they’d agreed to:
  • Sign a China-EU agreement on geographical indications
  • Conclude negotiations of the China-EU Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) within the year
  • Establish two high level dialogues: on environment and climate, and on digital cooperation
  • Forge “green and digital partnerships”
Some progress was made on the CAI (European Commission):
  • “Both sides registered progress on the rules regulating the behaviour of State-owned-enterprises, on forced technology transfer and on transparency of subsidies.” 
Still, thorny issues remain, including ICT standards, trade unions, and human rights.
That’s where Xi put his foot down (Xinhua 2):
  • “China firmly opposes...meddling in China's internal affairs by any country."
  • “The Chinese people will not accept ‘an instructor’ on human rights and [we] oppose ‘double standards.’”

Get smart: Neither China nor the EU wants to throw in the towel on CAI. But prospects for concluding a deal this year do not look good.

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Xinhua: Xi co-hosts China-Germany-EU leaders' meeting via video link


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