May 24, 2018: German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing

Europe’s China policy challenge

  • The trade war has revealed China’s serious economic vulnerabilities
  • China is turning to a “soft” foreign policy to soften the blow
  • Europe has a chance to engage China and steer it toward more reform

Though the United States and China declared a “cease-fire” in their trade war at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires last December, the tug-of-war between the two global powers is by no means over. The announcement did, however, mark an important adjustment in China’s foreign policy. Despite the two countries putting forth very different accounts of the talks between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping, it is clear that President Xi made significant concessions to his rival. Beijing promised to find solutions to several key sticking points, such as forced technology transfer and intellectual property (IP) rights violations, within three months.

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Dr. Junhua Zhang
The adjustment of foreign policy definitively favors the reform camp
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What's inside
  • The trade war has revealed China’s serious economic vulnerabilities
  • China is turning to a “soft” foreign policy to soften the blow
  • Europe has a chance to engage China and steer it toward more reform
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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