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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 - Strasbourg Revised edition

EU-China relations (debate)

  Nirj Deva (ECR). - Mr President, congratulations to Mr Belder on a balanced report.

Sometimes we fall into the trap of treating a unified nation some 2 500 years old as though it was a small child that needs to be admonished. Or we see China’s meteoric rise as a threat to so-called Western supremacy. Such apprehensions are immature and divorced from current reality.

China is not a threat but an opportunity for us. During our financial crisis it pumped more money into our economy and kept us stable. It could have done nothing. Instead it increased investment into the eurozone. It is doing so now. Our jobs, our economy, our exports, our currency require China to be successful. China’s stability is our stability. Our luxury brands are penetrating new Chinese markets. We need more. We need more Chinese investment into the EU to drive growth, growth that is now imperative.

China has become one of the strongest proponents of a rule-based trading system. Of course there remains, especially in the field of political liberties…

(The President cut off the speaker)

(The speaker agreed to take a blue-card question under Rule 149(8))

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