Aegis Europe: China is not a market economy, but state-planned and subsidised

Source: AEGIS Europe

Several hundreds of national, regional and sectoral five-year plans, pervasive state control over businesses, subsidies that have doubled over the past five years, and dumped exports financed by state-owned banks – these are only some examples of how the People’s Republic of China controls its industry.

A newly published, independent study by THINK! DESK China Research & Consulting demonstrates the extent of China’s state-planned economy in unique detail. Professor Dr. Markus Taube, author of the study, concluded that: „China is not a market economy; state planning and subsidisation are in China’s DNA.“

The study has been presented by the European industry alliance AEGIS Erope to Members of the European Parliament. AEGIS Europe is an alliance of over 25 European industrial associations committed to continued investments in European production and jobs.

The study supports the view that China does not merit the „Market Economy Status“. If the EU would grant such status, as requested by China, its ability to act against heavy Chinese dumping would be severely undermined. From the perspective of European industry, over the next few years this would result in the loss of millions of EU jobs, green production and innovation.

Milan Nitzschke, spokesperson of AEGIS Europe, reacted: „If the EU wants to maintain and develop a viable, innovative industry, it cannot grant Market Economy Status to China. The European Commission must start immediate discussions with its major trading partners, which are facing the same issues with China”.

A summary of the study, assessment of the normative and policy framework governing the Chinese economy and its impact on international competition, can be downloaded under (1) f. The full study can be found at (2).

Source: AEGIS Europe