The EU Recalibrates Its Policy on China, a ‘Systemic Rival’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, July 9, 2018 (Photo by Wolfgang Kumm for dpa via AP Images).
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, July 9, 2018 (Photo by Wolfgang Kumm for dpa via AP Images).
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Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Just two years ago, on the heels of Donald Trump’s election, the European Union was playing up China’s potential as a partner that could help preserve the global order. But a new strategy paper from the European Commission, released on Tuesday, moves to recalibrate the EU’s approach toward China, calling it an “economic competitor” and a “systemic rival.” The paper, which comes ahead of a planned series of high-level meetings between European and Chinese leaders, notes Beijing’s failure to […]

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