|Type of Agreement |
|Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the European Economic Community and the People's Republic of China|
|Place of Signature|
|Date of Signature|
|Date of Entry Into Force|
|Objective of Agreement|
|To promote and intensify trade between the European Community and China and to encourage the steady expansion of economic cooperation.|
|This '1985 EC-China Trade and Co-operation Agreement' remains the main legal framework for relations with China.
This agreement, which replaced the previous trade Agreement between the European Economic Community and the People's Republic of China of 03/04/1978 (OJ L123 of 11/05/1978, p.2) covers economic and trade relations, as well as the EU-China co-operation programme.
It was complemented in 1994 and 2002 by exchanges of letters establishing a broad EU-China political dialogue.
The Agreement sets out objectives and arrangements for action in the sphere of economic and trade cooperation and is non-preferential.
With regard to trade-related matters, the terms of the Agreement are the same as those of the 1978 Trade Agreement, including the most-favoured-nation clause.
With regard to economic cooperation, the Agreement states that the contracting parties will develop cooperation in the following areas: industry and mining; agriculture; science and technology; energy; transport and communications; environmental protection; cooperation in third countries.
The parties also agree to encourage the various forms of industrial and technical cooperation, promote investment and improve the climate for investment.
The Community has continued its development activities in China, both within the framework of its aid programme for developing countries and also in any other potential areas for cooperation with China.
|Parties to the Agreement|
European Economic Community
Joint Committee (Article 15)