The European Union is urging leaders to take a tougher stance on China in relation to trade, technology and geostrategic concerns, a step that could overshadow EU-China relations in the future, said Reuters.
The European Commission released a paper on Tuesday which labeled China as an “economic competitor” and “a systemic rival promoting alternative models of governance.”
The paper urged EU leaders to adopt a 10-point action plan in the upcoming meeting in Brussels that will help establish a more balanced and reciprocal economic relationship with China while solidifying the resolve of the EU member states to counter China’s influence.
The paper said China’s growing political and economic influence underlined its global ambitions. There was “a growing appreciation in Europe that the balance of challenges and opportunities presented by China has shifted,” it said.