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EU-China relations at a crossroads
For decades, relations between the EU and China have been based on growing economic cooperation and trade. But this interdependence has become asymmetric, which China exploits to maximize its own benefits and weaken European unity. While Beijing moves toward a knowledge-based economy, it also sees the future in nationalist, “back-to-the-future” colors. This puts Chinese mercantilism on a collision course with Europe’s fundamental interests.