New report: China-EU: Living up to the ten actions?

A year ago, the EU branded China a ‘Systemic Rival’. The adoption of its Strategic Outlook was a watershed moment in EU policy towards the new global power. It sought to jointly address Beijing’s more assertive posture and growing footprint in Europe, while finding avenues of cooperation that could strengthen trust. The EU’s ten actions […]

A year ago, the EU branded China a ‘Systemic Rival’. The adoption of its Strategic Outlook was a watershed moment in EU policy towards the new global power. It sought to jointly address Beijing’s more assertive posture and growing footprint in Europe, while finding avenues of cooperation that could strengthen trust.

The EU’s ten actions – to be delivered within one year – and the Strategic Outlook fed into the Council’s deliberations and position, with a majority of the points reflected in the final EU-China communique.

One year on, the role of China is again in the spotlight following the Covid-19 outbreak. We look back over the ten action points to see the successes and failings of Europe’s new approach to China.

Even though the EU has built more safeguards vis-à-vis China’s economic practices, it has failed to alter Beijing’s economic and foreign policy postures.

Only one of the ten actions has been fully delivered, cooperation on a number of international issues has stalled, and an EU-China bilateral investment agreement has been stymied mostly by Chinese inertia.

Read the full report here
 

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