The deal was finalised on December 31 by China’s President Xi Jinping, along with European leaders, including European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel. Photo: AP The deal was finalised on December 31 by China’s President Xi Jinping, along with European leaders, including European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel. Photo: AP
The deal was finalised on December 31 by China’s President Xi Jinping, along with European leaders, including European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel. Photo: AP

China-EU investment deal

exclusive | China tried to punish European states for Huawei bans by adding eleventh-hour rule to EU investment deal

  • Draft text shows Beijing looked to withhold telecoms sector benefits to firms from countries with restrictions on Chinese telecoms companies
  • The clause was struck-through by EU negotiators, with veteran officials pointing to a ‘classic’ Chinese negotiating move

Topic |   China-EU investment deal
The deal was finalised on December 31 by China’s President Xi Jinping, along with European leaders, including European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel. Photo: AP The deal was finalised on December 31 by China’s President Xi Jinping, along with European leaders, including European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel. Photo: AP
The deal was finalised on December 31 by China’s President Xi Jinping, along with European leaders, including European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel. Photo: AP
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