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The EU-China Leader’s Meeting: Virtual Inertia

The EU-China Leader’s Meeting: Virtual Inertia

18/09/2020 Leaders from the EU and China met on Monday 14 September 2020 via video conference in a meeting that echoed their summit in June. Discussions continued to be riddled by disagreements and inertia and ended with no joint statement; perhaps a sign of the fragile nature of current EU-China relations. The relationship has been

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The EU-China-Africa Partnership: Trilateral Relations Entering New Waters

The EU-China-Africa Partnership: Trilateral Relations Entering New Waters

09/09/2020 Capitalising on the momentum created by COVID-19 the pandemic may yet lay the foundations for future expansions of the EU-China-Africa trialogue. This is unlikely to produce a long-term softening and rejuvenation of trilateral relations but the Coronavirus has undeniably presented each arm of the triangle with a common, unprecedented set of challenges.  Particular attention

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A Balancing Act: The EU Amidst US-China 5G Decoupling

A Balancing Act: The EU Amidst US-China 5G Decoupling

16/07/2020 On May 15, 2019, US President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order effectively banning transactions with companies “owned by, controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of a foreign adversary”, a barely disguised reference to Chinese telecommunication giants like Huawei and ZTE. To mitigate the repercussions of the rift, the US administration

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Assessing the EU-China relationship in Cyberspace

Assessing the EU-China relationship in Cyberspace

15/07/2020 On 22 June 2020, the EU-China Summit took place via video conference, representing an important opportunity to reinforce the bilateral relationship between Brussels and Beijing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In “EU-China – A Strategic Outlook”, the EU considers China as “an economic competitor in the pursuit of technological leadership”, next to being a negotiating

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Arctic shipping, more than a Russian aspiration?

Arctic shipping, more than a Russian aspiration?

15/07/2020 In June 2020, a new all-time high temperature record in the Arctic was set, which reopens the debate on the importance of fighting climate change on one hand, and navigating commercial Arctic shipping routes and raw materials extraction in the area on the other hand. Logistical opportunities offered by the thawing land derive from

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EU-China Summit: Searching for Bridges to Build

EU-China Summit: Searching for Bridges to Build

One Summit, Two Statements   7 July 2020  On 22 June 2020, the new European leadership, President of the Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, accompanied by High Representative Josep Borrell, held a virtual EU-China Summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang – a

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