China’s Xi Jinping tests European unity with tour to France, Serbia and Hungary

China’s Xi Jinping tests European unity with tour to France, Serbia and Hungary

On his first European tour in five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited European leaders in France, Serbia and Hungary. While relations with Belgrade and Budapest are blossoming, Paris – and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen – failed to persuade the Chinese leader to soothe the EU’s concerns over global trade and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

EU wind farm probe puts Brussels-Beijing relations on edge

EU wind farm probe puts Brussels-Beijing relations on edge

The European Commission has announced investigations into wind farms in several EU member states, fearing unfair competition from Chinese subsidies. Beijing, however, lashed out at the bloc’s “protectionist” behaviour – putting pressure on EU-China relations.

European Commission chief warns China of unfair trade practices ahead of summit

European Commission chief warns China of unfair trade practices ahead of summit

”European leaders will not tolerate over time an imbalance in the trade relationship,” said European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen in an interview with the European Newsroom on Tuesday, ahead of the EU-China summit on December 7. Besides trade, the EU officials plan to also address China-Russia relations, sanctioned MEPs and the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East.

EU-China “Summit of choices”: Interview with Ursula von der Leyen

EU-China “Summit of choices”: Interview with Ursula von der Leyen

On December 5, the European Newsroom interviewed the European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen ahead of the EU-China summit on December 7. Besides trade, the EU officials plan to also address China-Russia relations, sanctioned MEPs and the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East.