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Europe and China: Old friends, new trends?

News   •   May 16, 2014 05:10 GMT

But what came from Xi Jinping’s numerous meetings with heads of state and top officials were reflections of important current trends and indications of the roads ahead.
 
Despite obvious ideological differences and recent trade spats, the EU, France and Germany on one side and China on the other were willing, able and ultimately very keen to look beyond these.
 
Vast untapped Chinese markets are of key importance to European countries still stumbling their way out of recessions and debt crises, while China is keen both to shore up its own relatively flagging growth and crucially gain access to technologies, and benefit from cooperation in environmental and new energy projects as it looks to restructure its economy.

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