China-Europe Relations: What Is at Stake for the United States?
Introduction to the report: China-Europe Relations: Implications and Policy Responses for the United States by Dr Bates Gill and Melissa Murphy
Dr. Bates Gill, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
Ms. Melissa Murphy, Research Associate, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies
Dr. David Shambaugh, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, and
Director, China Policy Program at George Washington University
Mr. Charles W. Freeman III, Chair Holder, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies
Today, as China’s influence in the world grows and as the European Union moves to strengthen its position as a more cohesive and effective voice in international affairs, it is all the more critical for U.S. policy leaders to take careful stock of China-Europe relations and their implications for U.S. interests. Europe-China relations have become increasingly regularized, institutionalized, and mutually beneficial, encompassing a broadening range of political, economic, military, technological, and cultural ties. The China question has arisen as an area of potential transatlantic disagreement, especially over the arm embargo issue, but also on broader concerns of global order, multipolarity, balancing U.S. power, and economic competition.
The latest publication of the CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies: China-Europe Relations: Implications and Policy Responses for the United States which was co-authored by Dr Bates Gill and Melissa Murphy addresses this key issue: First, the report provides an overview of contemporary developments in China-Europe ties, with a particular focus on economic, security, and other important dimensions of the relationship. Second, the report assesses these developments and draws out the key implications for the United States. Third, the report concludes by outlining a set of recommendations to support a more strategic, proactive, and effective U.S. approach to the broadening China-Europe relationship, which aims to strengthen transatlantic ties regarding China and improve the collaborative capacity of U.S.- Europe-China relations to address common global challenges.
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