EU opens probe into China’s medical device market

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EU opens probe into China's medical device market

If the investigation finds unfair behaviour by China, the EU can limit Chinese companies’ access to the 27-nation bloc’s public procurement market.

The journal said the investigation is to conclude within nine months, although the European Commission can extend this by another extra five months.

Beijing is “invited to submit its views and to provide relevant information” and can hold consultations with the European Commission – the EU’s trade authority – “to eliminate or remedy the alleged measures and practices”, the text said.


Brussels has launched a wave of investigations targeting China over the past few months, looking into green tech subsidies.

The EU provoked Beijing’s ire earlier in April after announcing an investigation into Chinese wind turbine suppliers.

Other probes have focused on Chinese subsidies for solar panels, electric cars and trains as Brussels seeks to move away from excessive reliance on cheaper Chinese technology.

On Tuesday, the commission announced surprise raids were carried out in the EU offices of an unidentified company that makes and sells “security equipment” as part of a probe into foreign subsidies.

The Chinese chamber of commerce in the EU denounced the raids in the Netherlands and Poland.

EU officials have repeatedly said they want to “derisk” their economic ties to China after Moscow’s assault on Ukraine exposed the Europe’s energy dependence on Russia.

The EU has also adopted laws that often have China in their sights.

The European Parliament on Tuesday approved a ban on products made using forced labour. Supporters hope it will be used to block goods from China’s Xinjiang region where the Uyghur Muslim minority is said to endure many rights abuses.

The latest investigation was announced after German authorities arrested an aide to a far-right German MEP, Maximilian Krah, on suspicion of spying for China.

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