EU Trade Chief: Efforts to Ratify China Deal ‘Suspended’

The European Commission has parked efforts to ratify a controversial investment deal with China, after tit-for-tat sanctions imposed over human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region, the EU’s top trade official said on May 4. “We now in a sense have suspended … political outreach activities from the European Commission side,” Valdis Dombrovskis, EU trade commissioner, told French news agency AFP on Tuesday. The deal, commonly known as EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), was agreed in principle last December after seven years of negotiations with the last push by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. To pass, the CAI needs to be approved by EU councils and the European Parliament, where it faces massive opposition. “It’s clear in the current situation, with the EU sanctions in place against China and Chinese counter-sanctions in place, including against members of the European Parliament [that] the environment is not conducive for the ratification of …
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