German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talk during a session about economic relations in Beijing, on September 6. Merkel’s comments on Hong Kong and Li’s response added to EU-China tension as both sides work on an investment agreement ahead of a possible recession. Photo: EPA-EFE
Emanuele Scimia
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Emanuele Scimia

Hong Kong protests have dented EU-China ties, but the threat of global recession will prevent Europe from pressing Beijing further

  • EU-China ties are already strained by South China Sea tensions, Xinjiang detentions and 5G security concerns. So the European Union is unlikely to spend much political capital pressing Beijing on Hong Kong, with a recession on the horizon

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang talk during a session about economic relations in Beijing, on September 6. Merkel’s comments on Hong Kong and Li’s response added to EU-China tension as both sides work on an investment agreement ahead of a possible recession. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on March 22, just days before Italy joined the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: AP
Anthony Rowley
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Macroscope by Anthony Rowley

The trade war has changed US-China ties forever, so Beijing is building bridges to the EU through the belt and road

  • The trade conflict will more likely than not end in a stalemate, sending Beijing scrambling for sophisticated partners
  • China’s overtures to Europe make sense in this light, since Donald Trump has not shown the foresight to counter them

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Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on March 22, just days before Italy joined the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: AP
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