“The New Normal in Transatlantic Relations: The US and Europe Eye China”, Liselotte Odgaard (IAI, Italy)

During the 2020 US presidential campaign, Europe placed its bets on the Democratic contender, former Vice-President Joe Biden. Now that the bet has paid off, Europe expects that Washington will stand shoulder to shoulder with Europe to challenge China’s authoritarian coalition-building, promote democratic and market oriented principles and oppose China’s efforts to undermine the liberal international order. Chinese actions such as intellectual property theft, unfair state-supported competition and widespread censorship have been held out as direct assaults against the world order built by liberal states such as the US and European countries.

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