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Parliamentary questions
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7 February 2018
E-007728/2017(ASW)
Answer given by Ms Malmström on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007728/2017

Currently, not all sectors are open to foreign investment in China, which is not satisfactory nor reciprocal. At the 19th Party congress, China publically reaffirmed its intention to further facilitate trade and investment, including market access for foreign companies, and to provide for level playing field.

The EU-China investment negotiations could play an important role in translating these political commitments into practice. As the scope and ambition in these negotiations are very high, and given that on a number of issues our positions are quite far apart, it is in line with our expectation that the discussions are thorough and require time. The EU would wish to see strong political commitment from China to move forward.

The negotiations are based on the joint text which has been shared with the European Parliament and the Member States, together with regular debriefs on the state of play. Since the joint text reflects the position of our negotiating partner, as such, the EU cannot unilaterally decide on its publication. Nevertheless, in line with its transparency policy, the Commission publishes the round reports(1) and it has been regularly consulting the stakeholders throughout 2017 in the context of the Sustainable Impact Assessment process.

Intense work is expected to continue in 2018. The Commission will continue calling on Beijing at all levels to meet its well-publicised pledges of making its economy open. Moving to a decisive stage of the negotiations would be a clear signal that China can deliver on its promises.

(1)http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1395

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