24 November 2009


Kerry Brown

Professor Kerry Brown

Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific Programme

Stanley Crossick


  • This paper examines the nature of EU-China relations, assesses current sticking points, and explores what the future holds.
  • Trade and investment lie at the heart of the EU-China relationship. The EU needs to support fundamental reform of global financial institutions and allow China to play a greater role. Both sides should recognise the need to keep trade open and avoid protectionist legislation or rhetoric. China should recognise the EU's concerns and allow greater market access, especially in services.
  • The EU and China need to create a stronger working relationship based on mutual understanding. This is an urgent challenge and will require both the EU and China to fundamentally reassess how they deal with each other.