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China | Brussels, 2 June 2017

Speech: Strengthening EU-China trade relations

Commissioner Malmström spoke today at the 12th EU-China Business Summit, an event that provides an opportunity for EU and Chinese leaders to exchange views with representatives of the business community on economic relations between the European Union and China and on the challenges that remain.

In her speech, Commissioner Malmström stressed that: "Sound economic development, trade and investment require respect for the rule of law, with independent lawyers and judges who can operate freely and independently. To conduct business — and for their daily lives — people need to be able to access free and independent information, communicate and discuss. This is a fundamental human right which also applies in the age of the internet. Limits to online freedom also affect peoples' lives and the business climate."

The Business Summit took place in the sidelines of the 19th Summit between the European Union and the People's Republic of China"

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EU-China Trade relations