Will Europe Ever Really Confront China?

Will Europe Ever Really Confront China?
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The Biden administration is gearing up for a long-term struggle in China—but shouldn’t expect its closest allies by its side.

The Biden administration has made no secret of its desire to enlist America’s extensive array of allies in the “strategic competition” against China. This approach makes good sense in Asia: Most Asian countries have ample reason to worry about a Chinese drive for regional hegemony, and the United States cannot counter such an attempt without extensive cooperation from Japan, Australia, South Korea, India, and others. Managing these relationships effectively will require attentive U.S. diplomacy, but in the Asian context the common interest in balancing China is obvious.

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