Ursula von der Leyen took charge of the EU Commission on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua

New EU chief Ursula von der Leyen takes helm amid growing European suspicion of China

  • Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Commission President Beijing hoped to remain a key partner for bloc despite being labelled ‘strategic rival’ earlier this year
  • Growing concern about allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang casts a shadow over relations between Beijing and Brussels
Topic |   China-EU relations

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Ursula von der Leyen took charge of the EU Commission on Sunday. Photo: Xinhua
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Chinese President Xi Jinping meets his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in Beijing earlier this month. Photo: Reuters

China ready to turn its attention to Europe in 2020, as US trade deal gets closer

  • After a year of intense focus on its relations with Washington, Beijing is preparing for a renewal of its ties with the EU
  • A series of engagements are planned with Brussels next year, starting with a bilateral summit in April
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Chinese President Xi Jinping meets his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, in Beijing earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
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