The Covid-19 pandemic and growing tensions between the U.S. and China brought even greater global attention to this year’s American presidential election. Despite the victory of the Democratic challenger Joe Biden, America’s relations with China will not significantly alter and rather resemble an iron fist in a velvet glove. While U.S.-China great power rivalry will remain the new reality, Biden’s victory could mark the beginning of a new transatlantic alliance and contribute to the EU’s geopolitical ambition. In this policy paper, Anna Stahl and Yixiang Xu argue that the EU should seize the opportunity of U.S. interest in closer collaboration on China and offer a ten-point agenda for an EU-U.S. dialogue on China. Moreover, this policy paper offers innovative policy recommendations for new formats of trilateral and multilateral cooperation with China and the U.S.
Yixiang Xu is a China Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University.