Europe Is Getting Closer to China, But Biden Can Pull It Back – FP, 21.01
In negotiations with Beijing over a new investment treaty, Brussels has asserted its autonomy from Washington. A human rights focus could repair the transatlantic rift. By Joseph de Weck, Eyck Freymann
UK’s pitch to Biden: We’ll work with you on China – Politico, 19.01
London hopes to distinguish itself from Brussels, whose new investment deal with Beijing has gone down badly with the Biden team.
UK sees off rebel MPs over ‘genocide’ amendment targeting China – Politico, 19.01
Time for Europe and US to work together on China – Politico, 19.01
Disputes among allies will only give China a leg up. – Peter Beyer is a Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lawmaker in the Bundestag and the German government’s transatlantic coordinator.
Why Europe’s China deal will poison transatlantic relations – Politico, 14.01
Concerns about Europe’s attitude toward Beijing are spoiling an otherwise rosy EU-US debut.
Trade deal allows Chinese staff to work in EU for 3 years – Politico, 13.01
Australia offers Europe a warning on a trade deal with China – Politico, 8.01
Is Beijing’s signature worth the paper it’s written on?
A China Strategy to Reunite America’s Allies – CH, 7.01
The European Union’s decision to sign an investment accord makes it clear that China’s geopolitical heft and allure of trade and investment are tempting.
EU-China investment deal hits a snag as US exerts pressure – Politico, 22.12
Europe’s attempts to secure an accord with Beijing before January risk undermining both its credibility on human rights and cooperation with the incoming Biden administration.
China’s gateway to Europe – the New Silk Road – DW, 8.12
- The “New Silk Road” is an enormous Chinese international development project. It’s a trade network that involves Asia, Africa, and Europe — and more than 70 countries are already involved. It may turn the old world order upside down.
- China is investing in bridges, port facilities, railroads, and roads around the world. Beijing is spending several hundred billion euros on what it calls the “Silk Road Economic Belt.” Chinese President Xi Jinping says the project will provide development opportunities and wealth for China and the entire world.
- After the financial crisis in Greece, no European country wanted to invest there — but China saw an opportunity, and bought shares in the port of Piraeus. By 2016, Beijing owned a majority of shares. The Greek dockworkers’ union still finds it hard to accept that the port no longer belongs to Greece.
- In 2019, Italy joined the Silk Road project — and signed a memorandum of understanding with China on development of the port of Trieste. But critics warn that the “Silk Road” project will allow Beijing to spread its influence around the world. Europe is divided between those who favor such cooperation, and those who oppose it.
Responding to the China challenge: The state of play on investment screening in Europe – ECFR, 26.11
The EU has taken a major step forward in protecting its interests from harmful foreign investments and takeovers. Follow ECFR’s new tracker to keep up to date with this important geopolitical challenge.
Western democracies united – ECFR, 10.11
With Joe Biden moving into the White House, the United States and Europe should strive for a common China policy