EU-China investment talks are entering a critical stage, as expectations of a breakthrough in Brussels fade following seven years of promises from Beijing to open up its economy.

China and the European Union are trying to push an investment treaty over the line, but Chinese advisers worry that Beijing is moving in the wrong direction.

When Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel came to power 15 years ago, EU-China officials talked of a bountiful future, but the relationship has soured.

How will US President Donald Trump react if the European Union extracts major concessions from China in upcoming investment talks?

Upon exiting the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared a vision of a free-trading ‘Global Britain’, but already trade ties with China are wearing thin.