China mixes trade and politics in Europe – and underscores the futility of building win-win relationships.
The SCMP (among others) ran the headline: China, Europe reach deal to end Beijing’s anti-dumping probe of European wine just as Xi Jingping is winding up his European tour. This was a slightly less dramatic headline than “China takes firm stand against Russian land grab” which we are unlikely to see, or “Chinese economy shows new signs of weakness” – which are seeing far too much of.
If you have trouble remembering just what the China -EU Wine Dumping case was all about, think back to May and June of 2013 when the EU threatened to discuss hitting China with trade sanctions about Chinese dumping of solar panels, and China retaliated by claiming the EU was using unfair trade tactics to sell wine to China. Here’s the piece ChinaSolved ran on the subject last year: Living to Fight Another Day? China vs. EU is Bruising Loss