POST Online Media Lite Edition



 

As EU forces trade protectionism, China turns to U.S.

Staff writer |
The United States is expected to replace the European Union as China's largest trade partner this year, according to a government adviser Wei Jianguo.

Article continues below







"US trade with China may hit $450 billion in 2013, while EU trade with China will hover around $420 billion," said Wei Jianguo, former vice-minister of commerce. He is vice-chairman and secretary-general of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, a high-level government think tank.

The European Union is China's largest trade partner while China is the EU's second-largest. However, China's trade with the EU fell 3.7 percent year-on-year in 2012 and 1.3 percent year-on-year in the first four months of this year, according to the General Administration of Customs.

"The decline is partly due to the EU's growing trade protectionism and curbs on the export of high-tech products to China," said Mr. Wei.

The EU now has 31 trade investigations, 18 of them involving China, industry statistics show. After claiming to have opened an anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation into mobile telecommunications network equipment and components from China, the EU is planning to impose anti-dumping taxes of 47.6 percent on average on China's photovoltaic products. It would be the largest trade remedy case between the two sides in history.


What to read next

China active contributor to world trade growth
China worried about EU's tougher stance toward Chinese steel
China wants Asia-Pacific trade deals, Obama pauses TPP