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The EU-China partnership: 10 years on

11 October 2013
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The year 2003 was one of many events for the European Union – both internal and external. Among them was the beginning of a more structured relationship with Beijing. The establishment of the EU-China ‘strategic partnership’ on 30 October 2003 came at a time of converging priorities between the two actors. It also coincided with one of the worst crises in transatlantic relations, mainly due to disagreements over the US-led war in Iraq and the foreign policy stance of the first Bush administration. Ten years on, which direction will the partnership now take?