In contrast to the US, which has not only tried to sabotage international efforts to resolve the Iran nuclear issue, address climate change and contain the novel coronavirus but also sought to denigrate China while doing so, the EU has invariably made great efforts to work with China to uphold multilateral agreements. Though there are differences with China on some issues, the EU and its member states have made it clear they are unwilling to join the US in a repeat of the Cold War.

The EU is now China’s largest trading partner, and China is the EU’s second-largest trading partner. But beyond their burgeoning economic relations, the two sides’ shared commitment to political dialogue reflects their common recognition that together they can exert significant influence on an array of issues as they both seek to uphold multilateralism, free trade, fairer global governance and concrete actions to avert the looming existential threat of runaway climate change...

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