Group accuses Beijing of disregarding pledges
China is violating its free trade pledges by pressing foreign makers of electric cars and other goods to share technology under an industry development plan that is likely to shrink access to its markets, said a business group yesterday.
The report by the European Union Chamber of Commerce added to mounting complaints that the nation was improperly shielding its fledgling developers of robotics, software and other technology from competition.
The chamber warned tactics Beijing was using to carry out its “China Manufacturing 2025” initiative might inflame sentiments in Europe and the United States in favour of trade controls.
The plan calls for China to be able to supply its own high-tech components by 2020 and materials by 2025 in 10 industries from information technology and aerospace to pharmaceuticals.
Suppliers of electric cars and other goods were under pressure to hand over technology in violation of Beijing’s World Trade Organisation commitments, said the chamber.