China urges EU to align actions with words amidst trade tensions

China’s Vice Minister of Commerce emphasises the importance of the EU aligning actions with words to prevent escalating trade tensions amidst recent disputes.

China’s Vice Minister of Commerce, Ling Ji, emphasised the importance of the European Union (EU) aligning its words with actions to avoid exacerbating trade tensions between the two economic powers. The statement reflects China’s growing concerns over recent measures taken by the EU targeting Chinese companies.

Ling Ji warned that if the European side persists in cracking down on Chinese enterprises, China reserves the right and possesses the capability to implement measures to protect its interests and uphold the overall economic and trade relations between China and the EU.

The EU-China trade relationship has faced increasing strain in recent years, with disputes over issues such as market access, intellectual property rights, and fair competition. These tensions have led to retaliatory measures and countermeasures from both sides, creating uncertainty and instability in bilateral trade.

Ling Ji emphasised the need for pragmatic and effective solutions that address the concerns of both parties while preserving the broader economic and trade relations between China and the EU.

The meeting in Athens serves as a platform for Chinese companies to voice their concerns and seek support from the Chinese government amidst escalating trade tensions. It also demonstrates China’s proactive approach to engaging with stakeholders to address challenges in international trade.

China’s stance on trade conflicts with the EU reflects its broader strategy of defending its economic interests and promoting a more equitable global trading system. As a major economic power, China seeks to assert its influence and protect its companies from what it perceives as unjust actions by its trading partners.

In response to Ling Ji’s statement, the EU will likely face pressure to reassess its approach to trade relations with China. Balancing the need to address legitimate concerns regarding market access and fair competition with the desire to maintain a constructive economic partnership will be key in charting the future course of EU-China trade relations.