Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
    China and EU Hold Digital Dialogue Amidst Electric Vehicle Subsidy Disputes

    China and the European Union engaged in talks on various digital topics, such as artificial intelligence and cross-border data flows, in Beijing. This EU-China High-level Digital Dialogue was co-chaired by Vice Premier Zhang Guoqing from China and Vice-President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova from the European Commission. The meeting marked the first dialogue of its kind in three years, according to the European Commission.

    The discussions took place amidst ongoing tensions between China and the EU, particularly concerning an EU investigation into China’s subsidies for electric vehicles. This investigation by the European Commission aims to determine whether punitive tariffs should be imposed on Chinese EVs to protect EU producers.

    China expressed its discontent with the EU probe, calling it a protectionist act that could harm economic relations. Against this backdrop, the talks on Monday covered crucial issues such as data regulation for platforms, artificial intelligence, and the cross-border flow of industrial data, China and the EU announced.

    The European Commission raised concerns about the difficulties that EU companies face in utilizing their industrial data in China due to recent legislation. However, the statement did not explicitly mention the specific legislation involved. In July, China expanded its counter-espionage law, which includes provisions prohibiting the transfer of information related to national security and broadening the definition of spying.

    During the meeting, Zhang emphasized that China welcomes companies from all over the world, including those from Europe, to participate in the development of its digital economy. He expressed a desire to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes and opportunities for collaboration. The two parties agreed to promote an open, fair, and non-discriminatory environment for the growth of the digital economy.

    In addition to the key issues discussed, the dialogue also covered research and innovation, information and communication technology, and the safety of products sold online. The talks represent an important step in addressing digital cooperation between China and the EU.

    – Reuters
    – Xinhua news agency