The European official explained that political and economic headwinds are blowing relations between the EU and China and could lead to their separation.

China's vice premier said his country hoped the European Union would lift restrictions on the export of high-tech products.

He added that the two sides agreed to work together to stabilize supply chains and counter their disengagement.

What does the prospects for European-Chinese relations look like? Can the two sides overcome differences for the sake of common interests?

From Berlin, political economy researcher Dr. Najat Abdelhak told Sky News Arabia's Newsroom program:

  • The EU has begun to formulate new strategies to deal with China.
  • During the coronavirus period, Europe understood how dependent it was on Beijing.
  • The relationship between the two parties is more difficult than it used to be.
  • China is demanding the introduction of its products to European markets.
  • The negotiating process will be difficult because the EU's dependence on China is so great.

From Dubai, international relations researcher Ilham Lee told Sky News Arabia Newsroom:

  • China and Europe cannot be compared to who clings more to the other.
  • The trade gap between China and European countries is mainly based on the difference in industrial structure.
  • The common and mutual interests of the two parties are greater than the differences.
  • There are more European, especially German, investments in China.
  • Relations between the two parties are praiseworthy.