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Europe goes soft with China over South China Sea ruling

Posted by seumasach on July 15, 2016

“It is doubtful that the European bloc and its single state members will welcome recent calls from the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies for a transatlantic initiative to inflict economic and financial penalties on China over its refusal to obey the arbitration court’s legal decision”

We may now see the EU moving closer to China and even reviving the 2003 strategic partnership. At the same time Brexit frees EU diplomacy for closer engagement with Russia and , potentially, with the Eurasian Union. Britain’s step back could prove salutary and at a certain point reengagement will be possible and necessary. In the meantime the USA will hide its detente with Russia with some saber rattling in the China Sea.

Asia Times

14th July, 2016

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