De-risking Rare Earths: The Greenland Stalemate and the Critical Raw Materials Act
Increasing geopolitical tensions in the Arctic have seen Greenland attract the attention of various
world powers due to, among other reasons, its rare earth deposits. Both the EU and China have
shown interest in the Greenlandic resources, but this tug of war has stalled since the 2021 electoral
victory of anti-mining parties in Greenland. The EU’s Critical Raw Material Act could address some of
the concerns that left the projects in limbo, but restarting mining on the island would be no panacea
for the EU’s quest for rare earths dependency reduction.
How Xi Steers Algorithms for China’s Online Ecosystem
As Xi aims to tame the algorithm, his vision is an interesting mirror for the world.
The EU Ignores the Risk of a Conflict over Taiwan at Its Own Peril
Amid renewed political tensions over the island, the EU needs to talk the talk over its interests vis-à-vis Taiwan.
EU Assertive, Not United on China
The visit by French President Macron and European Commission President Von der Leyen to China shows that a fragmented European approach can easily be taken advantage of by Beijing.
Macron’s State Visit to China: A Worthy Yet Risky Opportunity
Amid signs of rapprochement in Sino-European ties, the visit will test the ability to gain cooperation from China on Ukraine while shaping France’s image worldwide.
Regardless of Signs of a Rapprochement, EU-China Relations Face a Bleak Future
Despite signals of easing tensions, EU-China ties face dim prospects dictated by the structural impact of the growing US-China geopolitical rivalry, deep-rooted differences on political and value issues, and the rush to address reciprocal dependencies in the shadow of a potential military conflict in Asia.
As Hong Kong Loses Autonomy, Ties with the EU Are Called into Question
Once Asia’s top financial and trade hub, Hong Kong has now become a center for prosecuting and jailing pro-democracy activists. The EU needs to adjust to this new reality.
EU-China Relations in the Coming Decade: What Do European China Experts Think?
EU-China relations are changing rapidly, and so does the long-term outlook as seen from Europe. In a consultation on this fast-moving topic, European experts shared their views concerning the EU’s priorities, choices, challenges, and opportunities in its dealings with China towards 2030.
Voice for CHOICE #24: Unpacking EU-China Relations in 2023 with Grzegorz Stec
After three years of self-imposed isolation, China has opened up to the world. Xi Jinping has come back to the diplomatic stage and we have seen a renewal of high-level visits. In recent weeks,…
Dancing with Wolf Warriors: China’s COVID U-turn and its Implications for Europe
Both China’s zero-COVID U-turn and gentler diplomatic tone are politically useful for Xi Jinping. European leaders should remain vigilant in the face of a potential new charm offensive.