The conflicts between the EU and China continue despite attempts to negotiate solutions. Western producers accuse China of undercutting prices and flooding markets with cheap steel.
Trump has ordered a review of Chinese trade practices that force foreign firms to partner with Chinese firms. This comes shortly after he praised Beijing for its support of harsher UN sanctions on North Korea.
Two of the world's biggest trading nations saw both exports and imports cooling lately. While Chinese trade growth in July slowed significantly compared with June, German exporters even suffered a surprise decline.
Disagreements over giving "market economy" status to China have prevented a common statement on climate change after an EU-China summit. The issues of dumping and access to investment clouded the talks.
After German chancellor candidate Martin Schulz called for a Europe-wide quota for electric cars, the debate among German politicians, the EU and carmakers has picked up steam. In China, such a quota already exists.
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