China-EU investment Deal: Beijing Calls On France To Help Unfreeze Debate, Shelved Over Sanctions



Orange Wang | South China Morning Post

Beijing has called on France to help restart discussions on an investment treaty between China and the European Union (EU), after Brussels voted last week to freeze talks until sanctions on European lawmakers were dropped.

China’s commerce ministry said in a statement on Wednesday minister Wang Wentao had raised the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) in a video conference call with Franck Riester, the French minister delegate for foreign trade.

“It is hoped that France will play an active role in boosting the signing and entry-into-effect of the pact as soon as possible,” Wang said during the meeting on Tuesday, adding it was a “win-win agreement”.

However, a statement from France’s Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs did not mention the CAI, saying only that “the ministers also discussed Sino-European trade relations”.

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