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eu-china relations August 21, 2007

Posted by Bradley in : Uncategorized , trackback

Peter Mandelson, the EU’s trade commissioner, issued a statement yesterday responding to suggestions that the EU was engaging in protectionism with respect to China:

As Trade Commissioner, I will not accept claims of toxicity being used as a pretext for protectionism. Equally, I will give firm backing to European companies having to reject goods that are dangerous to consumers, including young children. This is not a question of trade but of health.
If some in China want to create the pretext for retaliatory action, the EU will contest this in the strongest terms. Action should be taken where this is needed but otherwise the bulk of our trade should continue as normal.


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