China Accuses EU of Industrial Espionage in Electric Vehicle Import Probe

China Accuses EU of Industrial Espionage in Electric Vehicle Import Probe

European Commission's Investigation into Chinese EV Imports Raises Concerns

The European Commission's investigation into Chinese electric vehicle (EV) imports has sparked controversy, with China's Commerce Ministry accusing the commission of demanding an unprecedented amount of detailed information from Chinese automakers. This information, according to the ministry, went far beyond what is typically required for such investigations, raising concerns about potential industrial espionage.

The commission's investigation led to the imposition of additional duties on imported Chinese EVs, prompting a strong reaction from Beijing. Chinese state media even accused Brussels of attempting to spy on the country's EV industry. In response, China launched its own investigation into alleged dumping of EU pork imports.

The European Commission's demands included information on the sourcing of raw materials for batteries, manufacturing components, pricing strategies, and sales channel development. This level of detail, according to China, is excessive and unnecessary for a standard anti-subsidy investigation.

The commission's actions come amidst growing competition from Chinese EV manufacturers, who are offering vehicles at significantly lower prices than their European counterparts. The commission claims that these lower prices are a result of unfair subsidies and handouts, justifying the imposition of anti-subsidy duties.

However, Chinese automakers maintain that they have fully cooperated with the investigation and reject claims of non-cooperation. The situation has further strained relations between the EU and China, with both sides accusing the other of unfair practices.