China strikes back at the European Union with an investigation into trade practices

China strikes back at the European Union with an investigation into trade practices. In response to recent European measures deemed protectionist, Beijing aims to determine whether Chinese companies have been disadvantaged in the European market. This initiative marks a new escalation in trade tensions between the two economic powers.


OnWednesday July 10, China’s Ministry of Commerce announced the opening of an in-depth investigation into the European Union’s (EU ) trade practices, which it considers unfair.


This decision is a direct response to a series of recent measures taken by the EU against Chinese companies, perceived by Beijing as forms of disguised protectionism.


The Chinese investigation, scheduled to last six months with a possible extension until April 10, 2025, aims to determine whether Chinese companies have lost market share in the EU. The Chinese Ministry of Commerce specifies that the investigation will cover “products such as locomotives, photovoltaics and wind power”.


This Chinese initiative follows a complaint lodged by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME), claiming that the new European Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR) constitutes a “barrier to trade and investment for Chinese companies”.


Previous investigations


Trade tensions between the EU and China have intensified in recent months, marked by a series of measures and investigations by the European Commission. In February, the Commission opened its first investigation under the new anti-subsidy regulation against a subsidiary of Chinese rail manufacturer CRRC, the world’s number one in the sector.


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Hugues Reydellet
Hugues Reydellet is a young and passionate journalist whose favorite subjects are economy, culture, gastronomy, but also cars, and sports. With a sharp pen and an insatiable curiosity, Hugues is constantly on the lookout for new hot information to report.

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