Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) greets his EU counterpart Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the 14th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Madrid, Spain, on December 15, 2019. Photo: Xinhua Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) greets his EU counterpart Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the 14th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Madrid, Spain, on December 15, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) greets his EU counterpart Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the 14th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Madrid, Spain, on December 15, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Outside In by David Dodwell

The EU-China courtship is flagging. More action and less talk, from Beijing, can rekindle the relationship

  • Trump may have pushed China and the EU closer, but the US-China phase one trade deal, slow progress on a comprehensive investment agreement and Beijing’s foot-dragging over economic liberalisation are straining relations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) greets his EU counterpart Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the 14th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Madrid, Spain, on December 15, 2019. Photo: Xinhua Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) greets his EU counterpart Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the 14th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Madrid, Spain, on December 15, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (right) greets his EU counterpart Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the 14th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Asia-Europe Meeting in Madrid, Spain, on December 15, 2019. Photo: Xinhua
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.