US and EU flags are on display in the EU headquarters in 2017. While there is broad alignment between the US and the EU on China trade issues, there are differences which could complicate the establishment of an effective coalition. Photo: AFP US and EU flags are on display in the EU headquarters in 2017. While there is broad alignment between the US and the EU on China trade issues, there are differences which could complicate the establishment of an effective coalition. Photo: AFP
US and EU flags are on display in the EU headquarters in 2017. While there is broad alignment between the US and the EU on China trade issues, there are differences which could complicate the establishment of an effective coalition. Photo: AFP
Stephen Olson
Opinion

Opinion

Stephen Olson

China-EU investment deal shows a Joe Biden united front on trade will not be easy

  • The EU’s decision to proceed with the deal and ignore Biden’s requests to slow down shows the extent to which US and EU China strategies are not always in sync
  • Some type of US-EU coalition on China is likely to materialise, but it will be more limited in scope and more complicated to manage than originally thought

US and EU flags are on display in the EU headquarters in 2017. While there is broad alignment between the US and the EU on China trade issues, there are differences which could complicate the establishment of an effective coalition. Photo: AFP US and EU flags are on display in the EU headquarters in 2017. While there is broad alignment between the US and the EU on China trade issues, there are differences which could complicate the establishment of an effective coalition. Photo: AFP
US and EU flags are on display in the EU headquarters in 2017. While there is broad alignment between the US and the EU on China trade issues, there are differences which could complicate the establishment of an effective coalition. Photo: AFP
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Stephen Olson

Stephen Olson

Stephen Olson is a research fellow at the Hinrich Foundation.