It seems that Europe has got its act together to face the challenge and pressure from China’s hybrid economy. And France has been instrumental in this change of attitude and shift towards new rules.
But we are now in an interval of doubt regarding the next steps to take from the Commission’s March 12 communication on China policy, and on the follow-up to the April EU-China summit. The summit placed China in front of its own responsibilities, asking it to expeditiously fulfill its long-held promises regarding several important EU-China agreements. Since then, only one has been signed, concerning civil aviation. A second one may be signed during Mr. Macron’s visit on geographical indications: it is important for agribusiness, and particularly for France and Southern Europe. All in all, it’s not much considering that on the more important comprehensive investment agreement, there has been no progress after 20 negotiation rounds.