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The limits of the EU-China investment agreement
The new EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment will eventually be judged by its implementation and the concrete steps China takes to fulfill its promises. If European firms do not perceive any improvement, and China makes no progress on labor standards, the pact might come to represent an empty gesture.
Putting the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) into perspective: Five key points
The CAI will not transform China into an open investment regime nor will it provide new market access opportunities for most European businesses.
EU-India investment agreement?
The EU will be able to strike an investment deal with India, but a full-blown free trade agreement will be a much harder sell, said Portugal’s foreign minister.
Rush order on India signings
Cambodia and India have agreed to speed up negotiations on a number of key documents that will lead to the signing of two significant accords.
As largest FDI recipient, China improves business climate for investors
As its economy maintains recovery momentum, the country aims to attract foreign investors this year by encouraging investment in more industries, shortening negative lists for foreign investment, and further expanding the free-trade network.
100+ China experts and human rights activists slam “naïve” EU-China deal for “entrenching Europe’s strategic dependency on China”
The open statement notes that the agreement appears not to take into account the steep deterioration of rights and freedoms in the mainland.
EU-China trade ties in the spotlight following news of investment pact
The EU-China agreement-in-principle on investment includes language that would aim to prevent forced technology transfers, and describes a “positive list” approach for market access.
EU-China BIT partial text (Jan 2021)
EU-China investment deal lacks teeth on forced labor but could still be derailed
Potential gains not worth cost of overlooking ’blatant human rights violations’ in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet, and against Taiwan’: French senator
Taipei seeks to persuade Europeans for BIA talks
The government is stepping up efforts to persuade European countries to start bilateral investment agreement talks with Taiwan, as the conditions are ripe, Minister said
Investment protection in the EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement
The EU-UK agreement contains limited protections for investors and no investor-state enforcement mechanism. Its dispute resolution mechanism is limited to a “WTO-like” state-to-state arbitration.
China and EU leaders strike investment deal, but political hurdles await
The agreement, which would roll back restrictions on investment, faces some opposition in Europe and objections from the Biden camp.
China’s Xi Jinping seeks advantage over Biden with ground-breaking EU investment deal
Though EU officials haven’t yet revealed the details, one senior EU diplomat said the agreement goes beyond anything Beijing has offered any foreign partner previously.
Xinjiang forced labour concerns threaten to derail China’s investment deal with EU
Officials say European Parliament could refuse to endorse deal over Beijing’s failure to commit to International Labour Organisation standards
EU agrees ‘in principle’ to an investment agreement with China
The European Commission has secured breakthroughs as China agrees to open up its market in multiple sectors for EU businesses.
EU-China comprehensive agreement on investment: A scoping study
Given China’s unique position, the study concludes that the EU must ensure that particularly strong protections for EU regulatory policy space are included in any future investment deal.
EU and China set for further investment talks as end-of-year deadline for deal looms
The latest round follows straight on the heels of ‘intensive’ talks. Negotiators hope to reach agreement by the end of the year, but issues such as market access remain a stumbling block.
China-EU investment agreement to be signed by the year end, says ambassador
There have been breakthroughs on the level playing field issues. Market access and sustainable development chapters are now being discussed.
OPL245 scandal: Coalition urges World Bank group not to protect oil giants
The groups said they are concerned about the ICSID’s long-standing failure to promulgate clear rules for addressing cases where corruption has been alleged.
Pakistan seeks to reform int’l investment regime
Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the formation of a working group of experts for reforming Pakistan’s international investment regime.