September 1, 2009

EU urged to restrain anti-dumping actions

China, claiming its entities are unfairly targeted with anti-dumping measures, asked the European Union for greater cooperation in promoting mutual trade.

We saw re-emergence of anti-dumping cases against China recently. An increasing number of Chinese enterprises received unfair treatment. We are very concerned about this, Song Zhe, Chinese ambassador to the EU, told the just established International Trade Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

But we believe between China and Europe, there is more cooperation than competition, more opportunities than challenges, Song said. At present, it is urgent to strengthen economic and trade cooperation by maintaining mutual flow of trade and investment and creating more business opportunities.

The report said the EU, experiencing severe economic problems, had taken a series of anti-dumping actions this year against a number of Chinese products, including five in just three weeks since late July.

We hope the EU will prevent this uncontrolled development of anti-dumping, Song said. We also hope to strengthen dialogue and refrain from arbitrary use of anti-dumping measures for the sake of further cooperation opportunities.

He said China opposes any form of protectionism and cooperation has always been an important part of China-EU relations.