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EU-China ties and Russia’s war on Ukraine [What Think Tanks are thinking]

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Written by Marcin Grajewski.

EU officials say that the 23rd summit between the European Union and China on Friday 1 April will focus on Russia’s war on Ukraine, the engagement of the international community to support Ukraine, the dramatic humanitarian crisis created by the conflict, its destabilising nature for the international order and its inherent global impact. The meeting, to be conducted by video-conference, is also expected to discuss bilateral issues and areas of shared interest, such as climate change, biodiversity and health, as well as ways to ensure a more balanced and reciprocal trade relationship. The EU is also likely to urge China to end its trade ban on imports from Lithuania, which followed the country’s decision to open a de facto Taiwan embassy in its capital. In recent years, China has become more of a rival for the EU than a declared strategic partner.

This note gathers links to the recent publications and commentaries from many international think tanks on EU-China relations, the country’s attitude to the war on Ukraine and its policies on other issues. Analyses on the war and its implications can be found in a previous edition of the ‘What Think Tanks are Thinking’ series.

China’s ‘enlightened authoritarianism’ as an alternative to liberal democracy
Barcelona Centre for International Affairs, March 2022

China can see the limits of bailing out Russia’s economy
Bruegel, March 2022

Six reasons why backstopping Russia is an increasingly unattractive option for China
Bruegel, March 2022

China offers Russia respite but not a solution
Bruegel, March 2022

Can China bail out Putin?
Bruegel, March 2022

China and Russia are joining forces to spread disinformation
Brookings Institution, March 2022

China’s choices and the fate of the post-post-Cold War era
Brookings Institution, March 2022

Ukraine presents opportunity to test China’s strategic outlook
Brookings Institution, March 2022

Caught between Russia and the West? China’s struggle for a position on Ukraine
Bertelsmann Stiftung, March 2022

The war in Ukraine: Troubling lessons for Taiwan
American Enterprise Institute, March 2022

Putin is creating the multipolar world he (thought he) wanted
Egmont, March 2022

Mapping China’s rise in the Western Balkans
European Council on Foreign Relations, March 2022

Let a thousand contacts bloom: How China competes for influence in Bulgaria
European Council on Foreign Relations, March 2022

The war in Ukraine: China walking amid the shrapnel
European Policy Centre, March 2022

Could China be a partner for the West in managing the Ukraine crisis?
Foreign Policy Centre, March 2022

Amid the turbulent international landscape, China and Europe must reinforce trust
Friends of Europe, March 2022

Keeping China out of the Ukraine conflict
Friends of Europe, March 2022

The China factor in Russia’s war: Implications for Europe
German Council on Foreign Relations, March 2022

China faces the consequences of supporting Russia
German Marshall Fund, March 2022

Watching China in Europe: March 2022
German Marshall Fund, March 2022

War in Ukraine: Asia takes sides
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale, March 2022

What is China’s position in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict?
Institut français des relations internationales, March 2022

China signals desire to improve ties with India, but is that what New Delhi wants?
International Institute for Strategic Studies, March 2022

The rise of China and NATO’s new Strategic Concept
NATO Defence College, March 2022

China is too tied to the global economy to risk helping Russia
Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 2022

New technology restrictions against Russia could also target China
Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 2022

China bought none of the extra $200 billion of US exports in Trump’s trade deal
Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 2022

Great power rivalry in a changing international order: Concepts and theories
Rand Corporation, March 2022

The dependence of China of Spain’s supply chains
Real Instituto Elcano, March 2022

China’s economic support for Russia is not a panacea
Bruegel, February 2022

How China’s investment in Middle East is evolving
Bruegel, February 2022

Learning the right lessons from Ukraine for Taiwan
Brookings Institution, February 2022

Germany and the trade conflict between Lithuania and China
Centre for Eastern Studies, February 2022

Ukraine is severe test of China’s new axis with Russia
Chatham House, February 2022

Russia’s escalation in Ukraine: Views from Asia
European Council on Foreign Relations, February 2022

Games changer: How China is rewriting global rules and Russia is playing along
European Council on Foreign Relations, February 2022

Europe’s role in promoting US-China arms control cooperation
Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, February 2022

The continued downturn of US-China relations and Beijing’s approach to the Ukraine crisis
Istituto Affari Internazionali, February 2022

Convaincre et contraindre Les interférences américaines dans les échanges technologiques entre leurs alliés et la Chine
Institut français des relations internationales, February 2022

China’s path to geopolitics: Case study on China’s Iran policy at the intersection of regional interests and global power rivalry
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, February 2022

Chinas nukleare Aufrüstung betrifft auch Europa
Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, February 2022

In the electric vehicle race, China coming first
Bruegel, January 2022

How Chinese competition helps western conglomerates
Bruegel, January 2022

China’s bullying of Lithuania spurs European unity
Carnegie Europe, January 2022

Coercion with Chinese characteristics: How Europe should respond to interference in its internal trade
European Council on Foreign Relations, January 2022

How to counter Chinese interference: Keeping an eye on the geopolitical ball
Friends of Europe, January 2022

Lithuania, China and EU lawfare to counter economic coercion
Centre for European Policy Studies, December 2021

China’s approach to global economic governance
Chatham House, December 2021

China’s new military base in Africa: What it means for Europe and America
European Council on Foreign Relations, December 2021


Read this briefing on ‘EU-China ties and Russia’s war on Ukraine‘ in the Think Tank pages of the European Parliament.

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