China and EU Discuss Artificial Intelligence and Data Flows Amid EV Subsidy Disputes

China and the European Union (EU) engaged in talks on various topics, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cross-border data flows. This digital dialogue marked the first meeting of its kind in three years. The talks were co-chaired by China’s Vice Premier Zhang Guoqing and the European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova. The meeting aimed to address key issues concerning platforms and data regulation, AI, and the cross-border flow of industrial data.

Notably, the talks took place amidst tensions between China and the EU due to the EU’s investigation into China’s electric vehicle (EV) subsidies. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had announced a probe to determine if punitive tariffs should be imposed on Chinese EVs to safeguard EU producers. Beijing condemned the investigation as a “protectionist act” and expressed concerns over its potential impact on economic relations.

During the talks, the European Commission expressed concerns regarding challenges faced by EU companies in China when attempting to utilize their industrial data due to recent legislation. The statement did not provide specific details about the legislation in question.

China’s Vice Premier Zhang emphasized during the meeting that the country welcomes companies from around the world, including those from Europe, to participate in the development opportunities of its digital economy. Both parties agreed to foster an open, fair, and non-discriminatory environment for the advancement of the digital economy.

Apart from AI and data flows, other topics discussed include research and innovation, information and communication technology, and the safety of products sold online.

– Reuters, Beijing
– Xinhua News Agency