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Europe’s great catch-up on China

By Robbie Gramer and Rishi Iyengar

20 Dec 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused a “slow sea change” in Europe when it comes to policy towards China. But for some, particularly in the U.S., it’s far too slow. FP has a nuanced report.

The United States and European Union have struggled for years to see eye to eye on China, but that is slowly, if unevenly, changing as more European leaders raise alarm bells about the West’s overreliance on Chinese technologies and investments and a brewing geopolitically rivalry with Beijing. 

For several years, EU leaders have chafed at the hawkish stance that has settled into most of Washington when it comes to Beijing and quietly rolled their eyes at some of the most hardline anti-China lawmakers in the United States who have advocated for a full economic decoupling from Beijing. Now the China hawks are starting to gain more traction in Brussels and other European capitals, spurred by Beijing’s coercive economic practices, the threats of spyware embedded in its technology, and the grim new feeling of vulnerability to geopolitical tensions brought on by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 

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