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The latest official policy paper of the EU unfolding its strategy on China is the strategic communication in March 2019. It is the document in which the key word “systematic rival” has been quoted by basically all analytical pieces on EU-China relations and is still frequently discussed among practitioners, think tankers and academics now. Formally recognising China as a “systematic rival” demonstrated a shift in EU’s strategic thinking towards Beijing...

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On October 23, a new transatlantic coordination mechanism, the “EU-US Dialogue on China” was officially launched. The European Union and the United States worked for four months to establish it after confirming each other’s willingness at the end of June. The process was complicated by the arduous transatlantic relations and the numerous disagreements that accumulated between the EU and the US under the Trump administration. While the relations between Brussels and Washington were anything but easy over the past four years, the new dialogue did finally come to fruition. When it comes to China, at least, the two shores of the Atlantic have come to recognise the importance of their coordination and cooperation.

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The EU has no choice but to be united with regard to its interactions with China as Beijing’s foreign policy becomes more centralized and assertive.

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Throughout the development of the Covid-19 crisis, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has worked strenuously to frame the story from its perspective – this wouldn’t be a replay of the SARS story in 2013. Not content with simply asserting that its system allowed it to successfully bring the coronavirus epidemic under control, China is seeking to be seen as the saviour by exporting personal protective equipment (PPE) around the world. The country is also using the crisis to promote its authoritarian model while discrediting the actions and systems of the European Union (EU) – Brussels and national capitals – in reacting to the pandemic.