EU: China

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Empey Lord Empey UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government what contacts they have had with other European governments on resolving the outstanding restrictive trade and investment practices imposed by the Government of China upon exporters and investors from the United Kingdom and the European Union.

Photo of Baroness Wilcox Baroness Wilcox The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Trade-related issues are discussed in Europe both bilaterally and in formal EU committees, for example at the Trade Foreign Affairs Council on which I represent the Government, and at the Trade Policy Committee (Full Members) where a senior BIS official represents the Government. The Government engages fully in these fora.

During these discussions, China regularly features in relation to specific cases of restrictive practices and in relation to the EU's overall trade strategy with China. Most recently, for example, I participated in discussions on China at the Trade Foreign Affairs Council on 31 May.

HMG officials in Beijing and Brussels are also in regular bilateral contact with their EU counterparts on these matters. For example directors from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills met with German officials on 9 May 2012 to discuss EU-China trade issues.

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