July 16, 2018 / 7:24 AM / 5 months ago

China, EU exchange market access offers for investment treaty talks

Chinese and European officials exchange documents during a signing ceremony attended by European Council President Donald Tusk, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the European Union on Monday exchanged market access offers for a bilateral investment agreement currently under negotiation, with both sides calling the proposed treaty a top priority in relations.

The two sides made the announcement in a joint statement issued during an annual China-EU leaders meeting in Beijing.

The EU also took note of China’s recent commitments to improve market access and intellectual property rights, the statement said.

Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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