August 20, 2020
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The fifth installment of the Edgerton Series on Responding to a Rising China, on what a joint U.S.-E.U. strategy on China might look like.

The United States and the European Union need a shared understanding of China to resist it. That was the message from U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his June 2020 visit to the continent. While the United States and E.U. have adopted a tougher stance on China in recent years, they remain split on how best to respond to Beijing’s growing clout. Foreign policy consensus building among the E.U.’s 27 members is a difficult task and is in part to blame for the difference in the E.U.’s approach. Though in the wake of China’s post-pandemic assertiveness, the bloc has shown a willingness to reexamine its China policy.

What obstacles stand in the way of greater U.S.-E.U. cooperation on China? How tough is the E.U. willing to get? What might a U.S.-E.U. strategy look like and what could it accomplish? Join us as we explore these questions and more in the fifth installment of the Edgerton Series on Responding to a Rising China.

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The Edgerton Series on Responding to a Rising China aims to provide proactive and forward-looking solutions to some of the most complex local, regional, and global issues facing the United States and China today, through regular engagement in debates and discussions with the foremost experts in Chinese affairs. The Edgerton Series is made possible by generous support from the Edgerton Foundation. We thank Dr. Bradford and Ms. Louise Edgerton for their continued support of and dedication to the Pacific Council.

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Dr. Leslie Vinjamuri, Dean, Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs; and Director, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House

Dr. Vinjamuri leads the US & Americas programme and is Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Leslie writes and speaks about America’s role in the world, international security, geopolitics, and global governance. Read more.

Noah Barkin, Senior Visiting Fellow, Asia Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States

Noah Barkin is a senior visiting fellow in the Asia Program based in Berlin. He specializes in Europe’s relationship with China and the implications of China’s rise for the transatlantic relationship. Noah is also managing editor in the China practice at Rhodium Group. Read more.


Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Principal, KME Consulting

Kimberly is a Pacific Council member and board member of Human Rights Watch. Read more.


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