Looking ahead, China and the EU, who share the timely goal of transforming their growth models, should find ways to manage their differences in a constructive way and adopt new initiatives, writes Yang Yanyi.
The European Union will take the first step on Wednesday (13 January) towards refashioning its trade ties with Beijing, torn over how to lower its defences to avert Chinese retaliation while protecting key industries against a damaging flood of cheap imports.
UK steelmakers called for Britain's Business Minister Sajid Javid to insist on immediate action against Chinese steel 'dumping' when he meets European Union economy and industry ministers in Brussels on Monday (9 November).
China hopes to see a united European Union in which Britain plays a prominent role in promoting Chinese relations with the bloc, President Xi Jinping told Britain's premier - making in an indirect plea for the country to remain part of the EU.
During a visit to Beijing in October, the EU’s Trade Commissioner emphasised the importance of strengthening the rule of law in China. This must be followed up with action, write four human rights organisations.
If today Chinese investors are principally targeting traditional fields such as transport, energy and real estate, it is clear that the range of sectors will broaden to digital in the near future, writes Luigi Gambardella.
The European Union could lose up to 3.5 million jobs if it removes its trade defences against China, according to a study for a group of 25 European manufacturing federations published on Friday (18 September).
The main European business lobby in China warned on Tuesday (8 September) that "slow" implementation of market reforms risks plunging the country into stagnation, as concerns mount about slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy.
China could invest up to €10 billion in the EU's new infrastructure fund, but a final decision is being held up by the complex mechanics of a deal to give Chinese technology companies a greater role in Europe, people familiar with the talks say.
On the eve of the EU-China summit, the director-general of BusinessEurope, Markus J. Beyrer, tells EurActiv that Beijing needs to move on market access "because European companies are less willing to invest if you don't tick that box".
Failure to secure agreement on the controversial investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could derail a future EU-China trade deal, diplomats have warned.
As Xi Jinping prepares to make the first trip to Germany by a Chinese president in eight years, lofty goals to boost trade between the world's top exporters look hopelessly out of reach, and German firms are beginning to rethink their aggressive push into China.