Jude's Speech on China and Market Economy Status

03 February 2016

Jude spoke in the European Parliament in a Plenary debate on 1 February 2016, on the commercial relationship between the EU and China and market economy status.

Thank you, President.

We've known that this decision on Market Economy Status was coming for 15 years, since China joined the WTO, but our national governments have wilfully ignored the implications of our trade defence instruments.

No one here has suggested that China is a Market Economy, so what is this really about?

My constituents, steel workers on Teesside, know only too keenly the damage that dumping is doing. Our trade defence instruments are insufficient to deal with Chinese industrial over-capacity. We have been waiting for years for national governments to agree the modernisation of these vital tools.

Britain is leading a blocking minority in Council. As UK ministers cry crocodile tears for our steel industry at home, abroad they give valuable contracts to Chinese investors and block the tools needed to allow a fair global market.

Strengthening our trade defence instruments must be the only priority-- ensuring fair trade with China. Industrial communities across Britain will not forgive them.

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