Head of Division, European External Action Service (EEAS)
All Sessions by Herve Delphin
A Strategic Union
Between Dragon and Eagle: Will Europe have to choose sides in the Sino- American dispute?
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
China has overtaken the US to become the EU’s top trading partner but, as the Union’s economic relationship with China has deepened, so too have security and human rights concerns. Rising Sino-American tensions are dividing the world along ideological lines (democracies v. autocracies). Contrary to the US, trade with China is still seen as a ‘win win’ in Europe. But geo-politics might trump geo-economics. Will the EU be forced to take sides or can it preserve its autonomy in determining its strategic stance?