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EU deploys new strategy in standards battle with China

Europe stresses 'democratic values' as it seeks more clout over high-tech rules

Facing competition from China, Europe is changing its approach to standardization in an effort to shape the technologies of tomorrow.   © Reuters

HAMBURG, Germany -- The European Commission has unveiled a new standardization strategy that underscores the growing geopolitical significance of the rules that govern all sorts of products and technologies, particularly amid the West's tensions with China.

The framework released this week comes against a backdrop of European companies complaining that they have been increasingly disadvantaged by China's growing clout in standard-setting processes for strategic sectors.

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