US, EU agree to target China on trade and tech, but Beijing has plenty of wiggle room
After a recent strategic dialogue between senior Chinese and European diplomats, the US courted the EU at the first US-EU Trade and Technology Council (CTT) meeting, during which “restrict China’s non-market business practices ”was discussed.
Before the meeting, the so-called Chinese threat had already been used as bait to lure the EU, as US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said on Tuesday that the US must work with the EU to slow down Chinese innovation. . However, Chinese experts said that although Europe and the United States have made progress in transatlantic coordination and cooperation, competition still exists and that Brussels would be unwise to side with Washington against Beijing.
Although the statement after the TTC meeting did not directly mention China, the use of language like “We stand in solidarity to continue to protect our businesses, consumers and workers from unfair trade practices, especially those posed by non-market economies, which are undermining the world trading system “has experts believe he is targeting China, given that Joe Biden’s administration has chosen to maintain the tariffs imposed by Trump against China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said on Thursday that a US official’s statement once again exposes the true intention of the United States to contain and suppress China’s development by all means. means, which is typical of autocracy and hegemonic actors.
“Cooperation between countries should also serve the interests of the peoples of all countries, instead of drawing ideological lines, forming alliances, uniting one faction to suppress another and seeking world hegemony through the through clique politics, ”Hua said.
The meeting, which was attended by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and EU Trade Chief Valdis Dombrovskis, also agrees to deepen cooperation to strengthen the supply chain of semi -conductors and take a more unified approach to regulate large global technology companies, Reuters reported.
Xin Hua, director and research professor at the Center for European Union Studies at Shanghai University of International Studies, told the Global Times on Thursday that the United States and Europe clearly intend to gain the upper hand in the new cycle of global competition for new technologies and industries.
Their aim is not only to control the development trajectory of global emerging technologies, but also to occupy a dominant position in the formulation of norms, rules and standards of emerging technologies and advanced industries, in order to prevent China to expand its influence through industry norms and standards, Xin said.
“We can expect more and more cracks in the global technological and trading system formed during the last decades of economic globalization … Protectionist and nationalist economic policies in the United States and Europe will become more and more strict and complicated. “Xin said.
There are also experts who have pointed out that there is a growing lack of strategic trust between the United States and Europe, starting with Trump’s erratic behavior at Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and France’s snub in the AUKUS security pact. The US foreign security strategy also puts the English-speaking countries, which belong to the Anglo-Saxon system, first and the European continent behind.
Competition is fierce between Europe and the United States in the economic and technological fields. The EU wants to profit from both sides, He Zhigao, a researcher at the Institute for European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on Thursday.
He stressed that Europe, which has sought strategic independence, is still evaluating its triangular relations with the United States and China in the post-Merkel era. And it will take a long time for the US and the EU to refine and implement the vision reached at the TTC meeting.
In a dialogue on Tuesday between Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Wang said the two sides should strengthen the coordination on the new round of high-level economic, trade and digital dialogue. and continue to advance cooperation in the fields of scientific and technological innovation, finance and energy.
Borrell said the EU views China as an important strategic partner and that the relations between the two countries are mature, multifaceted and non-confrontational, non-confrontational, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
There is coordination between the United States and Europe, but China is also coordinating with the EU … it’s a competition, Li Haidong, a professor at the Institute of International Relations of China, told the Global Times on Thursday. the University of Foreign Affairs of China.
Li said the coordination between the United States and Europe does not necessarily lead to a narrowing of the space of China-EU relations.
As long as Sino-US relations are managed competitively and do not evolve into a military conflict, Europe will understand that there are advantages to be made between the two superpowers, which means that it will be difficult for the United States to woo Europe, Li said.