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Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Organic Raisin Bran Clusters Cereal

Taste Test: Trader Joe’s Organic Raisin Bran Clusters Cereal


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Our panel of experts samples the goods

Dan Myers

Trader Joe's Organic Raisin Bran Clusters

The Trader Joe’s answer to Post’s Raisin Bran was the subject of this week’s taste test by our panel of food experts. The box’s side panel displays that this Raisin Bran contains 5 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber per serving, and notes that it can be eaten with milk or "straight from the box for a delicious, healthy snack."

We decided to taste the cereal straight from the box (because we had no milk around), and were generally quite pleased with the results. Most agreed that it tastes better than Post’s without milk, largely due to the fat that there are loads of big, (very) crunchy granola clusters that have a slight coconut flavor (in fact, coconut is listed as an ingredient). They’re quite crunchy, though, and one taster said that she was afraid she’d break a tooth on them. The bran flakes are also a bit sturdier than Post’s, and there are plenty of raisins in every box, too.

Some of our panelists would have liked some cinnamon flavor thrown into the mix, though, and just about everyone agreed that it "tastes healthy."

So while milk is certainly a cereal’s best friend (and would definitely help to temper the excessive crunchiness here), we also agreed that Trader Joe’s Organic Raisin Bran Clusters would also pair very nicely with yogurt, and agree with the box's suggestion that it can be eaten all by itself.

The cereal has 3 grams of fat, 190 calories, and 41 grams of carbohydrates per 1 cup serving, and is completely organic.


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I personally love Kashi GoLean, Kashi GoLean Crunch, Peanut Butter Puffins, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Trader Joe's Organic Raisin Bran Clusters. I'm pretty much a cereal addict, and I am constantly trying new cereals. The new Yogurt Burst Cheerios aren't too bad, and the Vanilla Frosted Mini Wheats are sickeningly sweet.

I love hot cereal too, Wheatena being my all-time favorite.

Just wondering what you all think about cereal, and recommend some more delicious cereals for me to devour!

OMG, one of my favorite topics finally appears on Yelp.

John, I love Peanut Butter Crunch, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Kix, Quaker 100% "Natural" (haha) Granola, and Raisin Bran for regularity. Ooh, yes, hot cereal is good too, especially Cream of Wheat.

Count chocula. mmhhh good stuff. I also love Captain Crunch with crunchberries when they are in season. I usually stick with the Multi-Grain hot cereal from Trader Joes though.

My recipe for "purple slop," a hot cereal of my own creation packed with antioxidants, protein, and fiber:

1/2 c. rolled or steal cut oats (dry measure)
1/2 c. low fat cottage cheese
1 c. frozen blueberries
1/2 tsp. vanilla
sweetner of choice (splenda, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup)
dash of cinnamon

cook oatmeal in water as you normally would - when it is almost done stir in the frozen blueberries and cook until hot again. stir in cottage cheese and remaining ingredients. the end result is delicious purple hued slop. this may sound gross to you, but i swear it's yummy. at least i think so :)

Mm. Making me hungry. Purple slop sounds delicious, except I think I would change those blueberries into raspberries, since I hate blueberries. I will definitely try this sometime soon.

slurp!
Ima goin' to try purple soup but only after I have my cocoa crispys soaking in chocolate soy silk!

  • Anika K.
  • Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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when will SF get a Cereality.

Not into the boxed cereals so much, but lately I've been on a granola kick. The Cheese Board makes a granola that's delicious, though full of butter, of course. Cafe Fanny granola is good, too. I'm on the lookout for a good Swiss Muesli, if anyone has any recs.

My old cereal vice used to be Lucky Charms-- I could eat a whole box in a day. But since I can eat it at work now for free, it isn't so exciting.

WAIT.
A job where you can eat Lucky Charms for free. SIGN ME UP!

Unless that Pop-Tart job is still open.

Anika - What is this "Cereality?"

Leme - I don't know if you've looked @ Andronico's, but I believe they have Swiss Muesli. Not sure how good/authentic it is, but you might want to try it.

I know what it is -- it's a take out cereal stand. They had one in the student union at Arizona State Univ. Is has tons of different cereals, mix ins (nuts, dried fruit, etc), and different kinds of milk to make your own creation. Kind of like the Coldstones of cereal. And it is all in a disposable to go type bowl.

Kashi Autumn Wheat and Kashi Heart to Heart.

Cheerios and effing BooBerry.

steel cuts oats with cranberries..thos sarah k's 'purple slop' seems to be tempting right about now. onward to get me some cottage cheese.

it used to be post cranberry almond crunch. but safeway charges $5.19 for a box so i have to find a new favorite now. sad.

  • Anika K.
  • Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • 87 friends
  • 305 reviews

Cereality = a "cereal cafe". it started in Chicago (i think) and is popular around college campuses. It's kind of like the Cold Stone for cereal - they have all kinds, and you mix & match as you like - or they have pre-developed mixes for you - here's the website: cereality.com/intro.html
What say we get a petition going to have them open one here? They even have cartoons in the cafe running all day. Ahhh, memories

q -how are steel-cut oats different-tasting from the instant oatmeal that I usually buy? always wondered but never tried 'em.

Blueberry Morning
Trader Joe's Ginger Granola

I have almost resorted to opening the bag, tilting my head back and pouring it into my mouth. Almost.

My grandmother has forever made Cream of Wheat. Mmmmm. the best ever is a bowl of CoW with Corn Chex and bananas.

I also consider myself a bit of a cereal addict. I love all types of grainy, high fiber cereal and usually even add in ground flax seed for that extra kick of regularity. I've recently gotten into hot Grape Nuts and milk, though I don't think I could handle them cold. Love Peanut Butter Puffins which I find mixes in well with pretty much any type of cereal. I rarely eat just one type.

I've been eating cereal in record amounts since birth. I have recently been on this kick for the past couple years where I mix 2 cereals in one bowl at the same time.

grape nuts with frosted mini wheats
grape nuts with quaker oatmeal squares
grape nuts with post honey bunches of oats

or any other combination between the 6 or 8 types I usually have.

I've recently, the past couple weeks, come to realize that I eat way too much cereal for breakfast. (thanks dr. clyde: drclydewilson.com) Way too much carbs and lack of other nutrients in one meal.

I've cut down the past 2 weeks and now eat 1 cup of Kashi GoLean with about 1/4 cup frozen blueberries. The Kashi is suprisingly filling when I'm use to eating twice as much, if not more, of other cereals. (note to self, buy smaller cereal bowls)

maybe i'm a purist, but i like nice, old fasioned oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar, although i do have a soft spot for granola soaked in chocolate soymilk.

Smart Start. I'm addicted to this stuff. It's like taking a multivitamin pill. It's quite a bit more sugary than the traditional "healthy" cereals but, hey, much more fun to eat too.

I used to know a beutiful rotweiler named count chocula. He went by 'choc' most of the time.

ohhhh Chris, I love Grape Nuts after they soak for an hour.

All I can say is that I am happy there are so many fellow cereal fans out there. And I thought I was alone. Embrace the carb. It's good for you. Just watch the suger. I stick to the whole grains because if I buy sweet cereals I end up eating the whole box in one sitting. Yes, I have a problem.

a half a box of cereal, even sugar free, in one sitting isn't really that good for you. so i've learned. the way it affects your energy levels. all the scientific stuff you hear about. blood sugar, glycemic index, etc.

i'm not preaching here. i've been eating cereal as much as most people. but to believe that it's as good as you can do is not true, unfortunately. read up on the topic if you care to.

i am intrigued by the idea of hot grape nuts. please elaborate, if you would.

hot grape nuts is simple. Fill the bowl with grape nuts, add in milk as you would regularly, and then microwave for about two minutes. I usually add in a cut up apple or some frozen blueberries (whatever I have on hand), and some peanut butter puffins if they're around as well. Warming it up makes it nice and soft and mushy. You can get fancy and add in some honey and cinnamon or pumpkin spice too.

trix are for kids. cigarette and coffee is the breakfast of champions.

Coming from Germany, I am still missing the cereals and mueslis I could get over there. All the stuff you get over here is processed way too much and usually killed with added sugar and salts. Sorry for my rant but if you really want to try some healthy and great tasting stuff, try some of Seitenbacher's (seitenbacher.com) products! My favorites!

Whole foods (and presumably, Rainbow, Draeger's, and others) sells some amazing kick-butt granolas. Cafe Grattitude does too but it's wickedly expensive. You can also make your own.

The quintessential breakfast cereal.
The original, round extruded oaty-goodness of CHEERIOS.
Your fruity, cartoony, sugar dusted loser cereals can kiss my round oaty-ass (ew. that sounds wrong in soooo many ways)

From an article in the American Journal of Physics (2005)
Ahem. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you.

In fluid mechanics, the cheerios effect is the tendency for small wettable floating objects to attract one another. It is named for the breakfast cereal Cheerios and is due to surface tension and buoyancy. The same effect governs the behaviour of bubbles on the surface of fizzy drinks.

Thus, small wettable objects floating on water tend to coalesce into "rafts" in the case of bubbles, such rafts have many solid-like properties. Small wettable objects also tend to be attracted towards the edge of the meniscus that may form in a small container.
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Cereal is a great way to start your day!

Most importantly, cereal is very easy to eat! All you need is the cereal, a bowl, some milk, and a spoon! It is a favorite among college students, busy moms, athletes in need of a quick meal, and even some dogs! Dog food is basically cereal right?

All joking aside, when choosing which high fiber cereal to eat you want to make sure you are getting one that tastes good and is good for you. Compiled below is a list of the top 44 best high fiber cereals. These cereals are the highest rated cereals for fiber that we have in our database.

Some of these cereals are ridiculously high in fiber, so make sure you check out How Much Fiber You Need Per Day in order to make sure you don’t go over your daily recommended amount.

In this post will learn which cereals are the top 44 best high fiber cereals. You will also be given a table as a resource that compares the total fiber, protein, and sugar contents for each cereal. Also included is an additional interactive graph that displays the HFC (Healthiest Fiber Cereal) metric that I have created for you. I will explain more at the end of this article, but you will be able to more easily compare the cereals and really figure out which is the best one for you.

by incorporating these high fiber breakfast foods into your diet you will begin to see results with your high fiber diet, and the best part is you can still choose to eat delicious foods. Sit back and enjoy the cereal learning experience you are about to embark on.


Every breakfast cereal available in N.J., ranked from worst to best

Milk, sugar, bowl. The American love affair with cereal dates to the late 19th century, when John Harvey Kellogg, a surgeon and health spa owner in Michigan, and C.W. Post, one of his former patients, developed a version of granola and Grape-Nuts, respectively.

Cereal sales have dipped in recent years — no joke, it's blamed on millenials who find cereal too difficult to eat —but the overall numbers are still staggering. About $9 billion of cereal and three billion boxes of cereal will be purchased this year in the U.S. The most popular brand? Honey Nut Cheerios.

In June, I sampled 70 frozen pizzas and ranked them from worst to best. Breakfast cereal seemed a natural followup.

Only traditional cereals were sampled I did not include granola, oatmeal, farina, etc.

Technically this doesn't include every cereal brand out there: There are likely 500+ available on New Jersey supermarket shelves if you count all the variations on brands (there are 15 kinds of Cheerios alone). So when it came to multiple variations, I picked the most popular one. For major supermarkets with their own brands (ShopRite, Wegmans, Whole Foods, etc.), I limited the rankings to two per supermarket.

I used the same bowl and spoon throughout, washing and drying them after every sample. Whole milk was the addition to the cereal.

Now, let the ranking begin!

Peter Genovese | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

First of all, no cereal should look like dried-up little worms. That's exactly what Fiber One reminded me of. The taste isn't much better: too grainy, too bran-y. I don't care if I can get a year's supply of fiber with just one bowl. Keep it away from me. Even the slogan sounds weird: "If you know where to look, fiber is easy.''


A taste of good health

Market Pantry, the best-tasting of the shredded-wheat cereals, is frosted, has larger biscuits than others, and isn’t as crunchy. Post Original Spoon Size is unfrosted and much less sweet than others.

All of the four very good raisin brans have tender, sugar-covered raisins, and toasted-bran and malt flavors. Although their flakes became less crisp after 2 minutes in milk, they didn’t get soggy.

Post Grape-Nuts, the top “other high-fiber” cereal, has pebblelike wheat bits that soak up milk, which softens and improves their texture. They have a nutty grain flavor and no sweetness.

And that excellent-tasting Bear Naked granola has it all: large and small clusters with pecans, walnuts, almonds, raisins, cranberries, sesame seeds, coconut slivers, brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon.

Despite the benefits of fiber—it can help control appetite and weight, and might help lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes—the Department of Agriculture says American adults consume an average of just 15 grams a day. That’s far below the 25 grams recommended for women and 38 for men.

Many foods are naturally high in fiber, but cereals are one of the most convenient ways to get it. Some cereal makers add inulin (usually from chicory-root fiber or extract) to boost fiber.

Although cereal manufacturers often tout fiber levels, you’ll hear other boasts, too. Claims for the tested cereals include “as much protein as an egg” (Kashi GoLean Crunch and Kashi GoLean Fiber Twigs), and “no GMOs,” genetically modified organisms (Cascadian Farms Organic Oats and Honey as well as Nature’s Path Organic Flax).

A misleading claim for Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats—that it was “clinically shown to improve kids’ attentiveness by nearly 20 percent”—recently resulted in the company’s agreement to pay $4 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.

The tested cereals can also be distinguished by their calorie counts, ranging from 60 to 260 per serving. Granolas, often thought of as healthful, are among the highest in calories and fat—up to 10 grams per serving in the tested granolas compared with 1 gram in the other types of cereals. Sodium and sugars also range widely. Some cereals include artificial sweeteners, which minimize sugar content.

Bottom line. Overall, 18 cereals tasted very good or excellent 11 were very good or excellent for nutrition. Consider serving sizes, too. They range from a quarter-cup to 1¼ cups depending on the cereal’s density, so be careful how much you pour. Overdose on a whole cup of Bear Naked Fruit and Nut granola and you’ll consume 560 calories, more than a fourth of the number most people should have in a day.

This report was originally published in the September issue of Consumer Reports.

Got (other kinds of) milk?

Mooove over, Clover. You can douse your cereal with milk from soy, almonds, coconuts, or seeds, and many of those products are fortified with calcium to mimic milk from a cow. Our sensory panelists tasted and described eight almond milks and four soy milks, in original or vanilla flavor.

Best of the almond milks was Blue Diamond Almonds Almond Breeze Original. It’s mild, with a definite almond flavor and slight sweetness. It has 60 calories per cup and 7 grams of sugars, and has an unsweetened version with 40 calories and no sugars. Both have about 3 grams of fat.

Best of the soy milks was Silk Soymilk Vanilla. It has a texture like that of whole dairy milk, with some vanilla flavor and a slight taste of nutmeg (though that’s not an ingredient). It has 100 calories per cup, about 3 grams of fat, and 8 grams of sugars.

8th Continent Soymilk Vanilla and So Delicious Almond Plus Almondmilk Original weren’t quite as good as the rest. Both had an off-taste like Play-Doh.

When we compared two shelf-stable almond milks with their refrigerated counterparts, there was no difference in taste. Try the refrigerated version we saved about 30 cents per serving.


15 of the Best Healthy Cereals (and How to Pick ’Em)

When you’re racing to get up and out the door every morning (no judgment — we’re right there with you), the last thing you have time for is a leisurely gourmet breakfast. For most of us mere mortals, healthier cereal is probably the most realistic option.

It’s not shocking that cereal often gets a bad rap for being super processed, high in sugar, low in protein, and generally lacking in nutritional value. (Hint: If it has marshmallows in it, it probably isn’t good for you. Sorry, leprechauns.)

While these cereals might not have prizes in their boxes and most contain added sugar, they’ll fuel you up with some actual nutrients. Here are some of the best healthy cereals to fill your morning (or evening!) bowl.

1. Barbara’s Original Puffins

This cereal has a lot going for it, and we’re not just talking about the adorable puffin on the box. Crunchy, only lightly sweetened, and relatively high in fiber, it’s a solid morning option. Plus, Original Puffins are dairy-free and vegan, so they’re a great choice for those with food sensitivities.

2. Barbara’s Cinnamon Puffins

With a little more sweetness than the Original Puffins, these cinnamony corn pillows are a good option if you have a sweet tooth but you’re still trying to watch your sugar intake. They’ve got 6 grams each of fiber and sugar, so they taste great while keeping you full.

3. Seven Sundays Wild & Free Blueberry Chia Muesli

This tasty muesli lets you try out interesting grains like sorghum and buckwheat, along with chia seeds, all in the familiar form of breakfast cereal. Big win: It’s sweetened only with honey and fruit — blueberries and apples (OK, and a bit of apple juice).

It’s a pretty darn healthy choice with 6 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein.

4. Bear Naked Vanilla Almond Fit Granola

Ready to keep riding the granola train? This crunchy mix of oats, almonds, and brown rice also contains flaxseed, which is full of healthy omega-3 fats. A 1/2-cup serving delivers 5 grams of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Serve with almond milk for a nice flavor boost.

5. Cascadian Farm Hearty Morning

Wheat bran and other whole grains pack this cereal with 10 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving, which should help you feel full until lunch. Top with your favorite fruits or nuts for extra flavor.

6. Cascadian Farm Multi Grain Squares

Whole wheat, rice, and corn — oh, my! These little squares are high in fiber and relatively high in protein, so they’re a smart choice for an easy morning meal.

7. Cascadian Farm Purely O’s

Extremely similar to another brand (*cough* Cheerios *cough*), this version boasts mainly organic ingredients for a slightly different spin on an old-school favorite. A nice large serving size (1 1/2 cups) with just 1 gram of sugar means you can enjoy even more of them at a time.

8. General Mills Total

This cereal is a workhorse of whole-grain flaky goodness — and it’s packed with vitamins to boot. Bonus: Crush this cereal and use it in place of breadcrumbs in your favorite recipes.

9. General Mills Wheaties

Breakfast of champions? You bet. With just 4 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fiber, these whole-grain wheat flakes will certainly make you feel like a champ, even if your face has never graced a Wheaties box.

10. Kashi Go Peanut Butter Crunch Cereal

This peanut-buttery soy-based cereal packs a double whammy of craveable flavor and a hefty 10 grams of plant-based protein. You’ll also get nearly a quarter of your daily fiber needs in a 3/4-cup serving.

11. Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Organic Whole Wheat Biscuits

Though it’s made with only four ingredients, this cereal packs a punch. The crunchy biscuits are made from whole-grain wheat and are loaded with 7 grams of fiber per serving.

With 7 grams of protein per serving, too, a bowl of this in the morning should reduce your hunger long after breakfast is over.

12. Kashi Heart to Heart Honey Toasted Oat Cereal

Kashi has done it again. This good-for-you cereal gets its 4 grams of fiber (per 3/4-cup serving) from whole oat flour and cornmeal. It has 5 grams of sugar and a few grams of protein, too, so it’s a decent choice for your morning crunch.

13. Lydia’s Kind Foods Berry Good Cereal

A healthy gluten-free option, this cereal is a fruit lover’s dream come true, thanks to a whole lot of berries. It also provides a huge protein punch — 11 grams per serving — and healthy fats in the form of sunflower seeds.

14. Post Foods Grape-Nuts

The story goes that Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to reach Mount Everest’s summit, munched on Grape-Nuts during the trek to fuel himself to the top.

Even if you’re not climbing mountains, one serving of this whole-grain cereal will provide 7 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein to help you conquer whatever the day has in store.

15. Quaker Honey Nut Oatmeal Squares

With a slightly sweet honey flavor and a crunchiness that won’t quit (even after you add milk), this cereal gives you a dose of protein and serves as a good base for your favorite fruits and nuts. It’s also a great addition to a trail mix.

Ready to tackle the cereal aisle? According to Tina Gowin, RD, CDN, three key factors go into selecting a cereal that will offer the best nutritional bang for your buck: sugar, fiber, and whole grains. And don’t forget about portion sizes.

Limit sugar

Anything with 10 grams or more of added sugar pretty much turns breakfast into dessert. This is particularly important if you want to avoid a blood sugar crash later — and the shakiness, irritability, and anxiety that can come with it (as if you needed something else to worry about!).

Embrace fiber

To feel fuller longer, look for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving, preferably more. A diet high in fiber will help with digestion, keeping your body regular — not to mention a whole slew of other health benefits.

Fiber can also reduce your cholesterol levels, keep those tricky blood sugar levels steady, and even improve physical performance.

Don’t skip over the ingredient list

The first ingredient should be a whole grain, whether it’s whole wheat, whole oats, or whole barley. Research suggests that eating enough grains with the word “whole” in front of them may help reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.

Also look for ingredients you recognize and can pronounce, rather than mysterious processed ones. One exception: the “tocopherols” you’ll often see on cereal labels. This is just a form of vitamin E that’s widely considered safe.

Power up with protein

If you want to load up on protein during breakfast, which can help curb overeating later, look for cereals with more than 5 grams of protein per serving.

Does your favorite cereal fall short? Pair it with an egg or yogurt to round out your morning meal.

Keep portion sizes in mind

It’s easy to forget that cereals have a suggested serving size — and it can be a lot smaller than what you’d pour straight from the box. Gowin suggests measuring out the serving as a start to see what it actually looks like and whether more is really necessary.

Bulking up cereal with chopped nuts or fruit, like a sliced banana or a handful of berries, is an easy way to make your bowl more filling if that one serving isn’t cutting it.

And there you have it: Your guide to navigating the boxed breakfast aisle. Happy munching!


Best for Cinnamon Raisin

Eat This

Ezekial 4:9 Cinnamon Raisin Sprouted Whole Grain Bread

Not That!

Thomas' Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread

We don't know about you, but we think there's something extra special about a slice of freshly-toasted cinnamon raisin bread. With half the sodium and more fiber and protein, opting for the Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain option is an obvious choice. Either way, if you're looking to keep this brand of bread in your weight-loss diet, be sure to keep it to a once-in-a-while treat and pair it with some natural peanut butter for some added healthy fats and protein to counteract its high sugar content.


What to Keep in Mind

Here are some things you should think about while you are looking over our list:

  • Additions. Even the best fiber cereal will not have a taste that suits everyone. If you are looking for a cereal that you still want to enjoy then you should look at the additions. This can include raisins or granola clusters, but you should always generally avoid marshmallows.

You should never forget to choose a cereal based on its taste, because the best high fiber cereal is the one that you actually eat.

  • Box Sizes. There is a negative trend with healthy cereal manufacturers and any options that are higher in fiber content will generally be contained in smaller boxes.

This can be annoying because buyers usually make the mistake of assuming all boxes of cereal are the same size. Make sure you check this before making your final choice.


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And the result is that Europe does not feel a sense of imminent threat, as the United States might be feeling. “Many Europeans believe, even indirectly, there is no threat from China.” Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo lobbied for years for European countries to exclude Chinese tech company Huawei from their 5G infrastructure for national security reasons. Germany held out for a long time, saying the right way to deal with China on 5G was to come up with new rules to ensure security. Even after Germany fell in line with the EU in April to pass stricter legislation on Huawei, critics doubted the rules would be fully implemented. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for an investment agreement to be signed with Beijing in December, sending a signal to the Biden administration of strong economic ties between Europe and China shortly before the new president was sworn in. Barshefsky warned “the United States may find, even with the best of intention on the part of all parties, that cooperation falls short of achieving particular goals”. China’s investment deal with Europe set for the freezer “You can be close friends but have significant differences with respect to certain interests,” she said. “You’re under different pressures and every country has its politics.” Europe has made it clear, however, that it is disturbed by China’s behaviour on human rights related issues, Chinese distorted trade and economic policies, and on fundamental values. The leaders in Europe are growing increasingly torn between its economic interests and the obligations to hold up human rights. European Union lawmakers plan to vote on Thursday to formally halt the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment it signed in December, in response to China’s human rights issues related to Xinjiang.More from South China Morning Post:US Senate advances bill to fund tech development to counter ChinaChina backs IP waiver for coronavirus vaccinesChina’s WTO reform aspirations take centre stage at globalisation seminarUS urges WHO to invite Taiwan to annual meeting, a move opposed by ChinaThis article Europe is not an easy ally against China, former US trade representative Charlene Barshefsky says first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.

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