China on Thursday urged the EU to abide by WTO rules and avoid abusing trade remedy measures.

The EU has described China's economy as distorted in a recent report.

"The relevant report makes irresponsible remarks on China's economy and take unfair measures to China through creating various pretexts, but the report does not mention the EU's own actions in violation of WTO rules," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Thursday.

"It is hypocritical to have double standards," she said. "Using zero-sum game mentality to deal with reciprocal cooperation will injure others and harm [the EU] itself."

"In recent years, China's economic development has made historic achievements, providing important material conditions for development and reform in other fields, and making important contribution to the stability and growth of the world economy," Hua said. "The socialist economy with Chinese characteristics has a bright future."

Trucks carrying shipping containers arrive at Manila’s international container port. (AFP)

China says new EU anti-dumping methodology "misleading"

China's Ministry of Commerce also voiced opposition to the European Union's new anti-dumping methodology, saying it was imposing "misleading" standards for enterprises.

"Every country enjoys the right to choose its own development path, which should be respected by the international community," said MOC Spokesperson Gao Feng when commenting on the new EU anti-dumping methodology and its report accusing China of significant market distortion.

"Practice has fully proven that China's socialist market economy with Chinese characteristics accords with China's reality and its economic development in the new era, and it has won positive evaluation from many other countries," Gao said.

"EU leaders have repeatedly expressed hopes that they want China-EU economic and trade relations to be sound and stable...which has so far maintained good momentum," he said, citing figures that bilateral trade between the two sides has climbed 12.7 percent in the Jan.-Nov period.

"China hopes the EU side would 'walk the talk' and guide its enterprises in a right way to truly protect China-EU trade and economic cooperation," Gao said. "China reserves its rights under the WTO dispute settlement mechanism and will take necessary measures to protect its legitimate interests."