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Europe’s China gambit
Trade and investment agreements cannot transform China into a Western-style market economy or turn it into a democracy.
Belarus, China in talks over agreement on investments, trade in services
The first round of negotiations over the agreement on investments and trade in services between Belarus and China was held online on 7 April.
Fate of trade pact hangs in the balance amid Beijing-Taipei tensions
A 10-year deadline for the ECFA to become a full free-trade deal has passed and neither side has taken action
“Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” Agreement and the future of Sino-Iranian relations
As a result, although Sino-Iranian relations have developed over the past 10 years in terms of economic, energy, and security relations, and the two countries have similar views on the international system, the security interests of the two countries, especially China, outweigh its economic interests with Iran.
EU-China trade deal is a Trojan Horse sellout
The short-sighted German-driven agreement betrays the European project and poses a major economic and political problem for the rest of the West.
China, Oman agree to enhance cooperation, push forward China-GCC free trade talks
Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister on Monday held a meeting with his Omani counterpart, during which both sides agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation and push forward the free trade zone talks.
FTA labour rights provisions useless without trade union action, says Korean unionist
Interview with Ryu Mikyung who is the International Director at the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions.
The complexities of China’s CPTPP entry
There are several sticking points for new entrants into the CPTPP, especially China.
China says members of RCEP pact aim for deal to take effect from 2022
China is encouraging the early implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and members of the Asia-Pacific trade pact aim for it to take effect from Jan. 1, 2022.
China eyes free trade agreement with the Gulf states
China wants to reach a free trade agreement with the GCC states, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on the sidelines of his visit to Riyadh.
Botswana’s relations with China continue to deepen
Diplomatic relations between China and Botswana have grown significantly this year, with the African nation becoming the 46th country on the continent to sign a memorandum of understanding on the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.
US and Canada follow EU and UK in sanctioning Chinese officials over Xinjiang
The EU is due shortly to sign a major investment deal with China, but Germany in particular will be concerned that the sanctions may destabilise economic relations with China.
China on course to fulfill all RCEP obligations
China will be able to fully fulfill its obligations under the agreement of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership when it enters into force, a commerce official said.
Pakistan promotes Belt and Road port for Central Asian trade
Pakistan is offering access to Gwadar port, a strategic component in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), to landlocked Central Asian countries in the hope of stimulating activity at the idle facility.
Critics raise alarm over EU-China deal
An investment deal between China and the European Union restricts Europeans from investing in Chinese media and entertainment companies but does not block Chinese firms from investing in European ones.
China-EU comprehensive agreement on investment: Ineffective in protecting labour rights and acting on environmental justice
Without thinking about environmental action beyond emissions and enacting binding agreements on protecting workers’ rights, China and the EU fail at making meaningful change for both labour and environmental justice.
Why Britain is tilting to the Indo-Pacific region
Critics warn of imperial fantasy but the economic and political forces pulling the UK back to the region are real.
EU hesitates over investment deal with increasingly authoritarian China
Beijing and Brussels are trying to finalise what has been described as ’the biggest investment agreement’ in history. But will it ever be ratified?
EU-China BIT: schedules annex (Mar 2021)
Hong Kong activists urge EU not to ratify new deal with China
Hong Kong democracy activists have warned the EU it must not ratify its planned new investment deal with China at a time when Beijing is tearing up international obligations to the people of Hong Kong.