At war with Washington, Beijing coaxes Brussels

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DECRYPTION – This time, it is time for cautious realism in Beijing as Europe hardens its position vis-à-vis the second world power, now qualified as “rival“, in Brussels.

Xi Jinping’s China (here, in Beijing at the People’s Assembly Palace, September 8) dangles an investment deal with the European Union “before the end of the year”. CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS/REUTERS

Low profile in the official Chinese press. The preparations for the virtual summit between President Xi Jinping and Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the head of the rotating presidency of the European Union, have left the headlines of the propaganda, traditionally in favor of lyrical calls for a partnership, unmoved.win-winWith China’s largest trading partner.

This time, it is time for cautious realism in Beijing, and the tone of editorials to mistrust, as Europe hardens its position vis-à-vis the second world power, now qualified as “rival“, in Brussels. “The world is undergoing profound changes today, further accelerated by the coronavirus epidemic. In this context, China-EU relations face both opportunities and challenges. They have supported each other in the face of the virus, but in Europe, some voices accuse China of leading a “diplomacy of generosity” and a “battle of speeches”», Bitterly denounces

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