Managing Risks in the EU-China Economic Relationship

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Series Details Number 33
Publication Date November 2022
ISSN 2198-5936
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As the German Chancellor heads to Beijing – the first visit by a G7 leader since the pandemic began, Germany and the European Union (EU) must reevaluate their approach to China, especially after the recent Communist Party Congress further cemented a system of uncontested authoritarian power. European unity is critical in dealing with China.

Russia’s war in Ukraine has exposed Germany’s energy dependency and many Western companies have had to leave Russia. To be prepared for a possible escalation of geopolitical tensions with China, Germany needs to draw lessons and review critical dependencies and corporate risks. Better corporate risk management, a diversified trade policy, and a targeted industrial policy are necessary to manage economic risks.

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