2021 has been a very positive year for economic growth worldwide, nevertheless, rumors of a looming recession are becoming more of a reality. Europe’s increase gas prices, China’s Omicron outbreak, and the US’s rapid inflation are blaring threat to an economic downfall that could have been avoided.
It looks like the United States just became a third wheel. Recent economic data from the E.U.’s statistical office shows that China is now the European Union’s biggest trading partner of goods, knocking the U.S. from its prime spot. While the European Union has been China’s biggest importer for some time, the relationship only became mutual during the pandemic, likely due to the increase in demand for Chinese medical products in the E.U. In turn, demand for European goods in China also grew.