Europe and China need to establish a new format for tradepolitical relations. Their commercial relations are too important to become hostage to political grandstanding or airy rhetoric by politicians performing for domestic galleries. Europe is China's largest export market, and China now ranks second on Europe's list of key trading partners. Trade with China dwarfs any other trade relation Europe has with emerging Asia. Disturbing this relationship would have ramifications for sales, growth and employment. The Chinese government is less concerned today about Western criticisms of China's autocratic system, but the Chinese people have grown more nationalistic and represent a potentially greater threat to commercial relations. Commercial interests in autocratic regimes cause political dilemmas. On the one hand, European and other Western governments need to voice their criticisms and tailor. On the other hand, they have commercial interests to defend. Furthermore, their overall policies must be measured in order to avoid diplomatic brinkmanship, which risks leading to the opposite outcome: a slowdown, or even a reversion, of freedom-enhancing reforms. The main aim of this work is the presentation of the need to establish a new form for trade-political relations between European Union and China.