• Chinese trade and investment is increasingly vital to the EU, especially its poorer states
  • In the EU’s China policy, national priorities often overshadow collective interests
  • Recently, however, Brussels has tried to adopt a more assertive approach to Beijing

Over the past few years, relations between the European Union and China have changed significantly. They now reflect the increasing ambivalence of the bilateral relationship and a global shift in the balance of power. Besides the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), factors that have prompted the EU to reevaluate and redefine its relations with Beijing include China’s perceived “debt-trap” strategy to make poorer countries economically and financially dependent, its growing investments in Europe’s critical infrastructure and core technologies (such as wireless 5G networks), and its tendency to ignore international law (by not accepting the binding arbitration ruling on its territorial claims in the South China Sea). 

Europe’s goal is to defend its technological sovereignty and new industries by preserving fair competition. This is no easy challenge when faced with China’s state-owned companies and mercantilist strategy, which subsidizes Chinese investments on foreign markets while restricting foreign access to its home market.

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  • Chinese trade and investment is increasingly vital to the EU, especially its poorer states
  • In the EU’s China policy, national priorities often overshadow collective interests
  • Recently, however, Brussels has tried to adopt a more assertive approach to Beijing
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