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China envoy urges EU to develop its 'strategic autonomy'

BRUSSELS (AP) — China’s envoy to the European Union on Wednesday urged the 27-nation bloc to deepen its ties with his country even further and said that he hoped the EU’s desire for “strategic autonom...

Beijing's assurances on forced labor 'hot air': Chair of EU Parliament's China Delegation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — EU leaders and China hammered out the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) in the closing days of 2020 at a time when the Chinese Communist Party is increasingly on...

EU-China investment deal lacks teeth on forced labor but could still be derailed

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — European Union leadership is hailing the investment deal it reached with China at the end of 2020 as a breakthrough, but critics say the accord — pushed through just...

EU calls for 'immediate release' of Hong Kong activists

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union called for the immediate release Wednesday of the 53 former lawmakers and pro-democracy activists who have been arrested in Hong Kong after being accused of violatin...

EU avoided chaos, explored new paths in turbulent 2020 year

BRUSSELS (AP) — Between the specter of Brexit, the coronavirus pandemic and a new leadership team facing a budget battle, the European Union looked set to remember 2020 as an “annus horribilis.” ...

EU and China agree on investment deal

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The European Union and China agreed to an investment deal on Wednesday (Dec. 30) that looks to give European firms greater access to Chinese markets. The deal was negot...

Taiwan vice president warns EU about folly of investment deal with China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese Vice President Lai Ching-te (賴清德) on Wednesday (Dec. 30) warned the European Union to be wary of an investment deal it is on the verge of signing with China. ...

Business Highlights

Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies An Associated Press investigation has found an army of children toiling beneath a canopy of towering palm oil trees in Ind...

EU, China leaders meet to seal investment deal

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union officials and Chinese President Xi Jinping will conclude a business investment deal Wednesday that will open big opportunities to European companies, but has the pot...

EU and China approve major investment deal

The EU on Wednesday agreed a multi-billion-euro investment deal with China amid criticism about the country's human rights record. Senior EU officials and leaders, including German chancellor Ang...

EU and China to sign investment deal amid unease over rights

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and China are set to sign a long-awaited business investment deal after seven years of intense discussions despite concerns about the human rights situation in the c...

China: An unpopular winner in the year of the coronavirus

China has the pandemic under control. But is that also true of the collateral damage it has suffered on the international stage? Beijing faced massive international criticism for its nontransparent co...

Turkey, Belarus, Armenia-Azerbaijan present EU with tough test

Foreign affairs are set to take center stage when European Union leaders gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday for a two-day summit. The meeting was initially scheduled for last week but was d...

EU presses China on trade, human rights during virtual summit

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — EU leaders and Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping (習近平) held a virtual summit on Monday (Sept. 14) that touched upon trade and human rights issues. European Council P...

Germany seeks 'stable' ties with China, EU investment deal

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country wants stable relations with China and greater access to the Chinese market for foreign companies. In a statement, her o...