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EU Strong-Arms China Into Trade Promises

Apr 10 , 2019

The European Union-China summit here Tuesday was meant to bolster cooperation, especially against controversial policies of President Trump. Instead, it is highlighting differences, led by growing trade tensions.

At their gathering with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker pressed China on unfulfilled promises. China bowed to EU demands to uphold its nascent partnership with Europe, as Beijing tries to end a bruising trade war with the U.S.

Departing from its previous stance, China agreed with the EU to end forced technology transfers and strengthen international rules on industrial subsidies. Beijing has guarded its support schemes as drivers of China’s economic model.

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