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China | Brussels, 18 October 2016

EU and China discuss trade, investment, overcapacity and cooperation on state aid control at the 6th High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue

The EU and China met in Brussels to discuss strengthening policy coordination, promoting sustainable growth and tackling overcapacity

The EU and China held their 6th annual EU-China High-level Economic and Trade Dialogue (HED) in Brussels today. The meeting was co-chaired by Jyrki Katainen, European Commission Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, and Chinese Vice-Premier Ma Kai.

Participating Commissioners and ministers discussed a range of strategic issues under the theme "Strengthening Policy Coordination, Promoting Sustainable Growth". Topics included macro-economic challenges, global economic governance and ongoing reforms in China and the EU. Bilateral issues included negotiations on investment, questions related to overcapacity in the steel sector and how to manage bilateral trade frictions in compliance with WTO rules.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said: "I believe our exchanges today allow us to see the wider picture and provide an effective, cooperative response to current challenges in the EU, China and globally. It is clear we share a commitment to strong, sustainable and balanced growth and our cooperation in all economic and trade issues will continue".

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