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What role the European Union should play in the US-China rivalry?
In the early post-Cold War period, the relationship between the E.U., the U.S. and China seemed to be mutually beneficial. That is no longer the case: both the E.U. and the U.S. have tense relations with Beijing. The accelerating U.S.-China rivalry is threatening the global peace in the international society, heightening areas of conflict, and causing polarisation across the globe.
This poses a number of challenges to the European Union, especially its citizens, who will bear the consequences of greater tensions and restrictions at the international level. That is why, European citizens should discuss and express their say on the role the E.U. should play in the US-China rivalry. In particular, should the European Union:
1. Stimulate the Chinese government to implement domestic democratic reforms, such as the ratification and compliance to international human rights treaties?
2. Collaborate with and support progressive movements in China?
3. Support the establishment of a league of democratic nations to design democratic solutions to the US-China rivalry?
Event reportThe EU should play an active role in preventing greater escalation between the U.S. and China, chiefly by actualising its aspiration of a strategic autonomy in the world. The EU should be careful in the way it develops its economic relations with China, which should be balanced by a value-based foreign policy.
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