Economics: EU seeks role in China's 'Peaceful Development'

Economics: EU seeks role in China's 'Peaceful Development'

China and the EU are major trading partners but this is complicated by each of the 27 EU countries having its own foreign policy towards China. GIS expert, Professor Colleen Graffy untangles the links.

TRADE between the 27 member states of the European Union and the Republic of China is so strong that they are dependent on each other.

China needs the EU because the European block is China’s largest trading partner, having replaced the United States in 2006. Trade between the two is now worth more than US$300 billion with 20 per cent of China’s exports going to the EU.


The EU needs China because Chi...

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