China-EU trade relations

April 9, 2014

Chinese leader Xi Jinping's recent first tour of Europe concluded with a speech in which he said that he had come to build a bridge across the Eurasian continent and reiterated China's desire for a free-trade deal with the EU. Whilst there has been some improvement in relations recently with agreement on trade disputes relating to solar panels and access to the telecommunications sector, in this podcast, Jonathan Friedman, Europe security and political risk analyst for Control Risks assesses the prospects for further agreements on trade.

About the presenter

Jonathan is the lead political analyst for the EU and Turkey at Control Risks, where he advises private clients on political, operational and security risks in the region.

He previously worked in Control Risks' corporate investigations department, helping investors mitigate reputational risks from corruption, money laundering and terrorist financing in Europe and Turkey. Before joining Control Risks he worked on Capitol Hill in various capacities, including for US Vice President Joe Biden and for the Congressional Study Group on Germany. He provides regular comment to broadcast and print media, including CNBC, Channel News Asia, Forbes and Sabah.

Jonathan completed an MSc in comparative politics at the LSE in 2010 and holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania in Diplomatic History and Middle Eastern Studies. He has also studied at La Universidad de Alicante in Spain and at Bogazici University in Turkey.