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The European Union maintains a strategical relationship of “ambiguity” with China, in order to retain trade deals and diplomacy with China while staying aligned with Western democratic values.
The industry subsidy programs of China, the United States, and the European Union are collectively bigger than the GDP of four-fifths of the world’s nations. International institutions argued they pose a particular problem for smaller economies, which cannot begin to match them.
Beijing’s decision to play a more active peacemaking role is part of a push to improve its troubled relations with Europe, which has long accused it of refusing to help end the conflict.
The world’s two biggest palm oil producers have long protested EU policies against palm oil, calling them discriminatory and protectionist of Europe’s own oilseeds industry.
Ahead of her first official visit to Beijing, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses Europe’s fraught relationship with China.
China’s 12-point position paper on the war in Ukraine comes amid Western accusations Beijing is considering supplying arms to Russia. Western leaders have questioned Beijing’s willingness to mediate and its credibility as a mediator.
The European Union and its member states are enhancing their political relations with Taiwan, but it comes more expressly from the action of their legislative branches rather than their executive actors.