EU leaders call for end to ‘naivety’ in relations with China

EU leaders called for an end to naivety on Friday in relations with Beijing and said China was a competitor whose markets were not sufficiently open.

The bloc has sought to avoid taking sides in a multi-billion dollar trade war between Washington and Beijing, but it has become increasingly frustrated by subsidies and state involvement in the Chinese economy, and what it sees as a slow pace of opening up. EU plans to raise these issues at an EU-China summit on April 9 after years of granting China almost unfettered access to EU markets.

Source: VOV5