International law experts say the deal could lead to “incremental improvement” of Chinese workers’ rights at best, in areas that are not incompatible with the country’s political system. Photo: AFP International law experts say the deal could lead to “incremental improvement” of Chinese workers’ rights at best, in areas that are not incompatible with the country’s political system. Photo: AFP
International law experts say the deal could lead to “incremental improvement” of Chinese workers’ rights at best, in areas that are not incompatible with the country’s political system. Photo: AFP

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Why labour rights issues may sink the EU-China investment deal

  • Landmark agreement still needs final approval and it’s likely to face resistance from European lawmakers over human rights
  • Beijing has agreed to ratify two international conventions on forced labour, but critics say the pact lacks enforcement measures

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International law experts say the deal could lead to “incremental improvement” of Chinese workers’ rights at best, in areas that are not incompatible with the country’s political system. Photo: AFP International law experts say the deal could lead to “incremental improvement” of Chinese workers’ rights at best, in areas that are not incompatible with the country’s political system. Photo: AFP
International law experts say the deal could lead to “incremental improvement” of Chinese workers’ rights at best, in areas that are not incompatible with the country’s political system. Photo: AFP
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