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European Firms in China Urge Fairer Treatment, Return of Workers

  • European Chamber seeks de-politicized business environment
  • Foreign workers’ inability to return to China hurting business

European firms called on China to allow competition in the large sectors of the economy still effectively closed to foreign companies and de-politicize the business environment.

With state-owned businesses having uncontested control over half the Chinese economy, and an increasing presence overseas, the government should embrace competitive neutrality, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said in its annual position paper. China should also allow the return of foreign workers locked out of the country since the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic.