China surpassed the United States to become the EU’s largest trading partner in 2020-21. Pictured is Chinese President Xi Jinping, meeting virtually with German, French, EU and European Council leaders in December 2002. Photo: Xinhua
China surpassed the United States to become the EU’s largest trading partner in 2020-21. Pictured is Chinese President Xi Jinping, meeting virtually with German, French, EU and European Council leaders in December 2002. Photo: Xinhua

China-EU trade: commercial ties ‘hard to break’ despite disagreement over Ukraine war

  • China surpassed the United States to become the European Union’s largest trading partner in 2020-21 thanks to strong demand during the pandemic
  • Despite EU frustrations with Beijing over its stance on the Ukraine war, trade ties will be hard to break, regardless of attempts by European policymakers to diversify

China surpassed the United States to become the EU’s largest trading partner in 2020-21. Pictured is Chinese President Xi Jinping, meeting virtually with German, French, EU and European Council leaders in December 2002. Photo: Xinhua
China surpassed the United States to become the EU’s largest trading partner in 2020-21. Pictured is Chinese President Xi Jinping, meeting virtually with German, French, EU and European Council leaders in December 2002. Photo: Xinhua
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