“China’s EU policy in the pandemic era: A new normal?”, Magnus Langset Trøan (NUPI, Norway)

During the pandemic era, media reports and leaks indicate a growing assertiveness from China towards the EU. Is this a sign of a new normal in China’s EU policy of something else entirely? To devise an appropriate response, the EU should contrast this perceived assertiveness with China’s long-term interests. In all, assertive behavior undermines Chinese policy goals, which hints that there may be other considerations guiding these Chinese representatives.

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