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Trade issues to be ironed out at China-EU leaders' meeting

07-26-2010 15:50 BJT

BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhuanet) -- The frequent clashes over trade between China and the European Union, including anti-dumping laws and trade imbalances, are expected to be addressed at the China-EU leaders' meeting in October, according to a senior Commerce Ministry official.

"In addition to discussing the current Europe sovereign debt crisis, leaders from both sides may have useful consultations on China-EU trade and its future direction," said Sun Yongfu, director of the Department of European Affairs with the Ministry of Commerce.

Sun was speaking at the China-EU Seminar on Trade and Development, held at the Belgium-EU Pavilion in the Expo Garden at the weekend.

Sun said friction between China and EU is likely to increase with growing trade.

"But such issues can be solved through friendly discussion and cooperation on both sides, as both advocate free and open trade," he said.

The EU has a history of imposing anti-dumping restrictions on Chinese imports, which are likely to become more of an issue now that China has become the EU's biggest trading partner.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, the EU currently has more than 50 anti-dumping measures in effect against China.

The large trade imbalance between the EU and China has also become more apparent over the past few years.

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