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Europeans now see Russia as an adversary, but not China

By Steven Erlanger

08 Jun 2023 · 4 min read

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  1. Despite the diplomatic ties between Beijing and Moscow, a majority of Europeans consider China a "necessary partner," according to a poll conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations.

BRUSSELS — When Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany and President Emmanuel Macron of France recently made separate but friendly visits to China, it sparked considerable dismay among their fellow leaders in Europe and Washington.

Especially given Beijing’s “no-limits partnership” with Russia, the efforts to treat China as what Macron called “a strategic and global partner,” rather than as a rival, were met with sometimes caustic criticism.

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