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 recent representations they have made to the Government of China regarding the implementation of protectionist trade policies by that country.

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

Ministers and officials regularly discuss trade and investment issues on a bilateral basis with the Chinese Government. I myself have met with Chinese officials on a number of occasions, including my visit to China from 26 May to 1 June 2012, and raised protectionist policies. Other recent examples include meetings between the Prime Minister and senior Communist Party official Li Changchun on 17 April 2012; the UK-China Joint Economic and Trade Commission on 15 December 2011 which I attended alongside the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, and Skills; and the Chancellor's talks with the Chinese Vice-Premier at the UK-China economic and financial dialogue in September 2011.

HMG officials regularly discuss trade and investment issues with Chinese counterparts, for example, in June 2012, officials from BIS, Cabinet Office discussed Chinese procurement policies with Chinese Government officials. There is also routine dialogue between officials at the UK embassy in Beijing and officials from the relevant Chinese ministries.

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