Julie Smith writes in The New York Times: “If Trump Wants to Take On China, He Needs Allies”

Julie Smith writes in The New York Times: “If Trump Wants to Take On China, He Needs Allies”

“BERLIN — With the prospect of a trade deal between China and the United States all but dead, the Trump administration is no doubt weighing its next steps in its quest to rein in Beijing’s rise. President Trump should try something he hasn’t yet: call Europe.

“Just five years ago, such a suggestion would have raised eyebrows. Europe’s relationship with China has traditionally been one of close economic cooperation, especially for an export-led country like Germany. To the extent that Europeans saw political and security challenges in working with China, they kept faith that growing economic ties with the West would temper the country’s worst instincts…”

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