The best path to sustainable growth in China is through an open economy that fosters a level playing field between foreign and domestic companies. China should therefore not be tempted to restrict foreign businesses from participating fully in its economy at a time of slower growth. European businesses can provide best practices and answers to many of the challenges that China’s economy is currently facing. Nevertheless, this year also features some complex decisions in our bilateral economic relationship with China. These are some of the key messages from the panel on the state of play in EU-China relations and the way ahead organised by BusinessEurope on 28 January with Director General Markus J. Beyrer, European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström and President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce Joerg Wuttke. China’s slowing growth, EU’s decision on how to treat China in anti-dumping investigations after December 2016 and the EU-China investment negotiations will top the agenda for 2016.