The European Union is working internally on a tougher stance towards China. EU sources confirmed to China.Table that a progress report on China had been forwarded to the European Council. The report by EU foreign affairs envoy Josep Borrell, which was not intended for publication, had actually been expected at the end of March. It is an update of the 2019 EU-China strategy, most notable for mentioning “systematic rivalry” for the first time. However, Beijing then imposed sanctions on several European politicians, academics, and organizations. The punitive measures had created “a new atmosphere, a new situation“, Borrell explained at the time, the report was a long time coming.
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