ICS Occasional Papers

A European perspective on the conflict between China and the West

Whilst Europeans are not using the robust rhetoric of President Trump, policy makers have acknowledged that the relationship with China is becoming increasingly complex. Both the authoritarian rule of President Xi Jinping and the unwillingness of the Chinese government to alter its state-centric economic model are reasons for concern in European capitals. The Chinese government’s use of aggressive policies towards other countries was ignored for a long period of time. However, various governments, corporate sectors and civil society are now monitoring developments in China much more intensely. Once China appeared to be the future but today, for many Europeans, China is the source of short- and medium-term economic and political problems. 


Heribert Dieter

Visiting Professor and Director of Policy Studies, Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong

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