EU tariffs on China not a ‘punishment,’ says German economy minister

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
1 min read

Proposed European Union tariffs on Chinese goods are not a “punishment,” Germany’s Economy Minister Robert Habeck told Chinese officials in Beijing on Saturday.

Habeck’s visit to China is the first by a senior European official since Brussels proposed hefty duties on imports of Chinese-made electric vehicles (EVs) to combat what the EU considers excessive subsidies.

For all the latest headlines follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

China warned on Friday ahead of his arrival that escalating frictions with the EU over EVs could trigger a trade war.

Meeting Zheng Shanjie, chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, Habeck said the proposed EU tariffs were intended to level the playing field with China.

“We will do everything to protect Chinese companies,” Zheng replied.

Read more:

NATO boss warns China over Russia ties, says ‘path to peace’ is more arms for Ukraine

Troubled G7 leaders focus on Ukraine war, China in Italian summit

Germany warns of ‘trade war’ over EU’s tariffs on China electric cars

Top Content Trending