Global Affairs

The European Union's China challenge

PM Li Keqiang's Europe tour went well but, in reality, Europe's differences with Beijing are significant and growing.

LONDON • China's Prime Minister Li Keqiang has every reason to feel satisfied with his just-concluded week-long tour of European capitals.

Tensions between Europe and China over a variety of trade and broader foreign policy matters were running high at the start of Mr Li's European trip. Indeed, European Union negotiators were openly warning that unless China was ready to offer real compromises, Europe wouldn't mind if the yearly China-EU summit turned into a humiliating flop.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 15, 2019, with the headline 'The European Union's China challenge'. Print Edition | Subscribe