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The US is fooling itself if it believes the EU backs its aggression against China. Serious transatlantic rifts over Beijing remain

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There's a saying that a week is a long time in politics. What this means is that politics is, at heart, unpredictable. One thing can happen, and it appears easy to draw quick and definitive conclusions from it, but then, suddenly, another event occurs that suggests the opposite. You think someone or something is done for, then they spring back.

To put it simply, politics isn't a straightforward journey, it can go one way, then another, and seldom are things cast in stone. Never has that been so applicable in describing the unusual trilateral to and fro between the United States, the European Union (or more plainly, Germany), and China.

On the last day of 2020, the EU and China reached an agreement in principle on the comprehensive investment agreement (CAI) – a deal that is loathed by the US. Commentators, including me, pointed towards a growing transatlantic rift between Washington and Europe that was solely Trump’s own doing and hailed it as a strategic masterstroke by Beijing.

Just three months later, the EU was joining in with the US in coordinated (albeit very symbolic and inconsequential) sanctions against China over Xinjiang, which prompted a furious counter-reaction from Beijing that saw the EU parliament technically freeze CAI. Pro-US commentators hailed that as a moment of transatlantic unity, and concluded that China had burnt its own bridges by pushing Europe and America closer........

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