The Chinese leadership had dubbed 2020 the “year of Europe”, but its diplomatic agenda has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Bloomberg
The Chinese leadership had dubbed 2020 the “year of Europe”, but its diplomatic agenda has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Bloomberg

Coronavirus crisis puts China’s ‘year of Europe’ on hold amid growing unease

  • Beijing had turned its focus back to the EU, but key gatherings have been postponed and talks on a bilateral investment treaty delayed
  • While its medical aid has been welcomed, there is rising concern over the Chinese narrative among European diplomats

The Chinese leadership had dubbed 2020 the “year of Europe”, but its diplomatic agenda has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Bloomberg
The Chinese leadership had dubbed 2020 the “year of Europe”, but its diplomatic agenda has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Bloomberg
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