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Europe siding with China against the US on the BRI threatens global democracy
Andrea Kendall-Taylor is senior fellow and director of the Transatlantic Security Program at CNAS, Rachel Rizzo is an adjunct fellow at CNAS based in Berlin, August 12, 2019, The U.S. or China? Europe Needs to Pick a Side, Politico, The U.S. or China? Europe Needs to Pick a Side, https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/12/us-china-europe-relations-227614
Europe’s reluctance to side with the United States puts liberal democracy in danger. The closer Europe gets to China, the less opposition China will face in its efforts to re-shape norms—on issues like data and privacy, Internet freedom, AI and governance. To uphold their shared values, both the United States and Europe need to collectively push back against China’s unfair trade and investment practices, its blatant human rights abuses, and the anti-democratic norms and practices it seeks to spread. A Europe that refuses to pick sides is exactly what Beijing seeks to achieve. Beijing understood long ago that its rising economic influence would lead other countries to balance against it. In an effort to dilute Western opposition to its national interests, China ha