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The EU’s China Conundrum

The European Union is increasingly caught between the United States and China.

Until it finds a common strategic purpose, the bloc will struggle to advance its interests and is increasingly likely to fall victim to great-power plays.

  • Philippe Legrain
  • Project Syndicate

LONDON – Europeans can’t agree on how to handle a rising China.

While European Union leaders were gathering in Brussels recently to discuss a more assertive common approach, Chinese President Xi Jinping was visiting Rome.

Xi was there to mark Italy’s independent endorsement of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), his $1 trillion pan-Eurasian infrastructure investment plan that aims to bolster China’s economic and political influence.

So much for a…

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