onsdag 29. august 2018

Can China Replace the U.S. in Europe?

As the transatlantic relationship has reached new lows in the modern era, and as China and the United States are bogged down in a trade war, Beijing has launched a charm offensive towards Europe. The first half of July saw an unprecedented density of high-level Sino-European interactions. Beijing held its annual 16+1 Summit with Eastern European countries in Sofia on July 7, but toned it down to calm suspicions of alleged Chinese attempts to divide the EU. At the Sino-German government consultations in Berlin on July 9, Prime Minister Li Keqiang flattered German Chancellor Angela Merkel and his government made a symbolic concession by letting Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo who died in Chinese detention, emigrate to Germany.