The European Union’s arms embargo against Beijing is still a major bone of contention for Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.
At an annual summit with EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday, he called for the ban which was established following the 1989 Tianamen Square protests to be overturned.
European leaders prefered to emphasise the importance of other trade with China.
“In the last 10 years our trade in goods increased by 280 percent, our trade in services by 380 percent and our direct investment in China by 290 percent. The complementarities and synergies between our economies have been used to good effect,” said European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Wen also called on the EU to recognise China’s full market economy status, which the bloc is wary of committing to.
Brussels has accused China of dumping cheap exports on EU markets.
The summit was the 70-year-old’s last. Wen is due to hand over power in the Autumn.