Amid an ongoing trade dispute with United States over an overhaul of its economic policy and better access of US firms into Chinese market, European Commission now urges China for a better and equitable market access. On Friday, the 22nd of March 2019, on the summit of European Heads of State and Government in Brussels, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said, “Europe must be involved in public tenders in China”, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “On the one hand, we are partners and, on the other, we are also competitors”.
Besides, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “The time of naivety is over”, addressing to a better access to Chinese market. Apart from that, Jean-Claude Juncker had also been quoted saying that the relationship with Beijing was good, but not excellent and Europe was looking forward to good and intensive trade relations with China.
At this moment, European Union had been reviewing their contracts with China ahead of a EU-China summit scheduled to be held on April 9th in Brussels and there would be a meeting among French President Macron, German Chancellor Merkel, EU Commission Chair Junker and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Addressing to the EU-China summit, German Chancellor Merkel had been quoted saying that it was good to discuss important multilateral issues with the commission, although it might not be a perfect format of duration.