EU-China Joint Committee, in Beijing:
Extracts from the press statements by Karel de GUCHT, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, and GAO Qiang, Chinese Minister of Commerce
Lieu: Commission , Beijing
End production: 21/06/2013 First transmission: 21/06/2013
The 27th Joint Committee is the annual forum for the EU and China to discuss their trade and investment relations. The meeting on 21 June 2013 will be held in Beijing, and will be chaired by Commissioner Karel De Gucht on the EU side, and Minister Gao Hucheng on the side of the Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China. The previous edition of the Joint Committee was held end of May 2012 in Brussels.
The talks are expected to focus on the preparations for the launch of negotiations for a bilateral investment agreement, market access barriers in a number of sectors, licensing and market access issues in the area of financial and telecommunication services, and ways to improve the enforcement of, and cooperation on intellectual property rights. In addition the Joint Committee will provide an opportunity to take stock of developments in Geneva regarding as both sides prepare for the WTO Ministerial in Bali later this year.
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||SOUNDBITE by Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade (In English) saying that: (On solar panels) Technical-level discussions toward a negotiated settlement begun in Brussels at the start of this week and continue now in Beijing. That said, it goes without saying that Minister Gao and myself will discuss this issue. It is clearly in both our interests to do so.
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||SOUNDBITE by Karel De Gucht (In English) saying that: It is early days in the negotiation process. This kind of issue is rarely solved overnight. Everyone should be very careful not to jump to any conclusions - one way or the other – simply because there is no hard news on this issue today.
On the contrary, I believe that both sides have now engaged in a sincere way to work towards an amicable solution. That is the good news.
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||SOUNDBITE by Karel De Gucht (In English) saying that: As I have stated time and time again during the course of the investigation, the EU has only one wish: to find a negotiated settlement as quickly as possible on the basis of 'undertakings' that can remove the injury caused by the dumping on our market: nothing more, nothing less. Let be me very clear again here today in Beijing: Europe wishes for an amicable solution.
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||SOUNDBITE by Karel De Gucht (In English) saying that: It is more than one year since our leaders agreed at the EU-China Summit of February 2012 to launch negotiations for an investment agreement as soon as possible. This is a priority for Europe and certainly from my perspective was top of our agenda today.
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||SOUNDBITE by Karel De Gucht (In English) saying that: In these negotiations, we are pursuing two main objectives. One being to improve the protection of EU investments in China as well as Chinese investments in Europe, thus improving legal certainty for investors. That will benefit both China and Europe.
But there is another critical element: a future agreement must cover improved access to the Chinese market – addressing important issues like mandatory joint ventures. In short, by reducing barriers to investing in China we would see increased bilateral investment flows.
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