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European Chamber Meets with Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan and EU Trade Commissioner Ashton

Beijing, 8th May 2009 -- A European Chamber delegation today met with Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Qishan, EU Trade Commissioner Ashton, eight other EU Commissioners and 12 Chinese ministerial level officials on the sidelines of the second EU-China High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue (HED) currently being held in Brussels. At the private meeting, which was hosted by Commissioner Ashton and Vice-Premier Wang, the Chamber delegation discussed member companies’ concerns regarding protectionism and industrial overcapacity in China with the officials from both sides.

Led by Chamber President Joerg Wuttke, the European Chamber’s delegation included the global CEOs of six companies from the Chamber’s Advisory Council. During the discussion, the Chamber party raised a number of issues concerning market access and transparency for foreign companies operating in China. It also emphasized the Chamber’s position that further liberalization of China’s domestic market, especially the service sector, can effectively stimulate private consumption and contribute to China’s achieving its target for GDP growth.    

After the discussion, Mr. Wuttke commented, "Our member companies are encouraged to see the efforts made by both sides in combatting protectionism and creating new opportunities for trade and investment. Nevertheless, concerns remain, particularly in relation to the threat of protectionism and the issue of industrial overcapacity in China which can further exacerbate existing trade tensions. The European Chamber has been lobbying European and Chinese governments to introduce practical policies to address these issues and we look forward to seeing concrete actions coming out of today’s discussion. "

 

中国欧盟商会会晤中国副总理王岐山及欧盟贸易委员阿什顿,讨论保护主义和中国的工业产能过剩问题

北京,2009年5月8日 — 第二次中欧经贸高层对话在比利时布鲁塞尔举行之际,中国欧盟商会代表团与中国国务院副总理王岐山、欧盟贸易委员阿什顿、其他八位欧盟委员会委员以及十二位中国部长级官员举行了会晤。在阿什顿委员和王岐山副总理主持的一个非公开会议上,商会代表与中欧双方官员共同讨论了商会会员企业对于保护主义和中国的工业产能过剩问题的忧虑。

参加本次中欧经贸高层对话的中国欧盟商会代表团由商会主席伍德克带领,聚集了商会顾问委员会中六家欧盟企业的全球CEO。商会代表们在会上提出了欧盟企业在华所遇到的市场准入和政策透明度等诸多问题,同时强调指出,商会建议进一步开放中国国内市场,特别是中国的服务行业,这将有效促进个人消费增长,帮助中国实现GDP增长目标。

商会主席伍德克会后表示:“中欧双方政府都在努力抵制保护主义,寻求新的投资贸易机会,这对我们会员企业而言,是鼓舞人心的消息。尽管如此,我们的忧虑还是存在,特别是对于保护主义威胁以及中国工业产能过剩问题,这两方面可能进一步加剧双方贸易争端。中国欧盟商会一直在努力游说中欧双方政府,希望双方都能出台务实的政策来解决这些问题。我们期待今天的高层讨论能带来具体的行动”。

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