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-EFEGerman 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
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
Opinion

Opinion

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

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-EFEGerman 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
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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