Europe’s top business association pulled out of a meeting with a Beijing think tank after the Chinese side opposed the participation of two perceived China critics, a person familiar with the event said.
The incident, which happened last month but only came to light now, casts a shadow over negotiations between China and the European Union on a major investment agreement as they enter their final stretch.
The meeting between BusinessEurope and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, which is affiliated with China’s top planning agency, the National Development and Reform Commission, was supposed to take place via weblink. It was canceled by the European side when the CCIEE asked that two participants not be allowed to take part, the person said. Dow Jones reported the cancellation earlier.