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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

EU, China in Talks

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The European Union and China made good progress in talks this week on Beijing's bid to join the World Trade Organization, but important issues remain to be resolved, both sides said in a statement Wednesday.

The two sides will hold another round of negotiations in Beijing in the second half of February, a joint EU-China statement said.

Depending on the results of these negotiations, EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy stood ready to go to Beijing to meet Chinese Foreign Trade Minister Shi Guangsheng "with a view to finalizing an EU-Chinese deal on China's accession to the WTO as soon as possible."