The evolving context of a transatlantic approach to China

From decoupling to extreme competition, strategic autonomy and the war in Ukraine.

Research event, Panel
22 June 2022 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM
Chatham House and Online

The rise of China is one of the greatest challenges to the transatlantic relationship. European countries and the US have many similarities in their concerns with China but a number of fundamental obstacles hinder a more joined-up approach. Equally importantly, the context in which such an approach would be created has changed significantly.

Although no longer aiming for explicit decoupling as under the Trump administration, the US administration is still engaged in ‘extreme competition’ with China. Even EU–China relations have worsened in recent years and the Russian invasion of Ukraine is creating new points of tension. This is visible across a large number of policy areas, ranging from economic and technology policy to climate change and the governance of the global commons.

Over the past two years, the Royal United Services Institute and Chatham House have been working together to explore the China challenge to the transatlantic relationship from a number of different perspectives. In this event, they will discuss their findings, what they mean for the transatlantic relationship and how the changing geopolitical environment affects the potential for closer transatlantic cooperation.
•    What is hindering a more joined-up transatlantic approach to China in different policy areas?

•    How does competition between the US and EU, including the EU’s strategic autonomy agenda, affect cooperation on China?

•    In what way will the Russian invasion of Ukraine affect the relationship between China and the EU and US?

Our speakers will discuss these questions, the findings of their research project and more.

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