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The meaning of systemic rivalry: Europe and China beyond the pandemic

Summary

  • Beijing’s handling of the pandemic has changed long-standing European assumptions about its reliability as a crisis actor and its approach to the European project.
  • Europe’s immediate medical-supply needs and dire economic situation will limit the scope of shifts in its China policy – for now.
  • But, on issues ranging from supply chains to ideological competition, European governments have rebalanced their view of what dynamics with China should look like in the aftermath.
  • The crisis is also intensifying demands from European parliaments, media outlets, and citizens for Europe to puts its China policy on a more open, accountable, and values-based footing.
  • Governments’ pursuit of a “business as usual” approach to Beijing is growing harder to sustain.  

https://www.ecfr.eu/publications/summary/the_meaning_of_systemic_rivalry_europe_and_china_beyond_the_pandemic

Borrell: EU won’t again bow to Chinese censorship

https://www.politico.eu/article/josep-borrell-eu-wont-again-bow-to-chinese-censorship/

EU diplomat face enemies from within

https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-china-diplomatic-problem-eeas/

EU investment deal with China likely to hinge on three key elements, says European trade official

  • Crucial European demands include subsidies to state-owned enterprises, access to the Chinese market and environmental issues, according to Ulrich Weigl
  • ‘Fundamentally China will continue being what it is, all at the same time – a partner, a competitor and a systemic rival’

https://www.scmp.com/news/world/europe/article/3084288/eu-trade-official-says-investment-deal-china-likely-hinge-two-key

Europe’s top three economies are now in recession. The real shock is still to come

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/15/investing/premarket-stocks-trading/

China trying to divide and rule in Europe, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell says

  • Member states must ‘maintain the necessary collective discipline’ as China looks to take advantage of their different views on diplomacy, Spaniard says
  • Borrell also questions Beijing’s insistence on ‘telling the world’ about its aid efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic and its unique take on multilateralism

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3084684/china-trying-divide-and-rule-europe-eu-foreign-policy-chief

Changes in the EU-China relationship have been accelerating

https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/changes-in-the-eu-china-relationship-have-been-accelerating-20200515-p54tam.html

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