>> The EU might reap the rewards of any Beijing/Washington bickering. Brussels thought to be preparing a spring summit with China to promote trade. They already hold a meeting every year, but EU's diplomatic correspondent, Robin Emmet, says the talk in Brussels is that Beijing wants the summit brought forward.
>> Explanation we've been given from the EU side is that China is looking to keep up the momentum from that vigorous defense of free trade that we saw from President Xi at Davos. And having a summit in Europe early in the year would be seen as a way of doing that.
>> A more protectionist and inward looking White House likely a key motivator. China is already the EU's second largest trading partner. This meeting might mean that relationship becomes even cozier. But there's still plenty to disagree over.>> There are so many issues on the table. The EU does not see eye to eye with China on it's trade policies.
And accuses China of say dumping steel, textiles, and then there's the issue of the South China Sea.>> Even given that Brussels trade winds might be blowing east. The Trump administration all but killing off an EU, US free trade deal. China may be only too happy to fill the gap.