Publié le 07/09/2021


The United States and the European Union (EU) are now both in agreement regarding China – long viewed benevolently – as a systemic rival in the international order. 

Despite this consensus, their interests differ with regard to Beijing, with the EU intending to maintain a degree of a partnership approach in its relations with China. However, the EU will have an impact in Indo-Pacific only if it develops long-term strategies there, backed up by tangible means.

Hans Dietmar Schweisgut, secretary-general of the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe, is a former European Union Ambassador to China.

Article published in Politique étrangère, Vol. 86, No. 3, Autumn 2021 [1].