EU Must Address Chinese Overcapacity, says Bruno Le Maire

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French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has called for the European Union to address China's overcapacity in numerous industries.
French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has called for the European Union to address China's overcapacity in numerous industries.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has called for the European Union to tackle Chinese overcapacity in various industries following the decision to impose tariffs on electric vehicles (EVs) imported from China.

This move is part of broader efforts to protect the EU market from unfair competition. The European Commission announced that it formally notified carmakers, including BYD Co., Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd., and MG owner SAIC Motor Corp., of the impending charges on battery-electric cars, which are set to be implemented by July 4.

Ensuring Market Fairness:

Le Maire emphasized the importance of the EU taking a firm stance on trade to avoid being perceived as a “giant shopping mall” for other nations.

Speaking on Sud Radio, he highlighted the necessity of this initial decision leading to further actions against Chinese overcapacity in other sectors, such as solar panels.

France has consistently advocated for these levies despite some reluctance within the bloc to escalate trade tensions with China.

Anticipating Opposition:

Acknowledging potential resistance, Le Maire pointed out that blocking the commission’s decision would require a majority vote against it.

He stressed the importance of maintaining a balance of power with China and urged all EU member states to support measures that protect the European market from unfair competition practices.

Broader Trade Measures:

Le Maire’s comments underscore a broader strategy to address trade and industrial capacity imbalances between the EU and China.

The focus on overcapacity extends beyond EVs, including other critical sectors where Chinese production has significantly impacted global markets. This comprehensive approach aims to safeguard European industries and promote fair trade practices.

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