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US senators hope to work with Europe to counter China

MANY US senators believe the best strategy for America to counter a rising China is to partner with allies in Europe, reports Bloomberg News

24 November 2020 - 19:00

MANY US senators believe the best strategy for America to counter a rising China is to partner with allies in Europe, reports Bloomberg News.

'China has become a true systemic rival to shared American and European interests. Both sides of the Atlantic have recently recognised this reality. Now we have to turn this agreement into action,' said Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Idaho Republican Sen Jim Risch.



A German member of the European Parliament, David McAllister, said: 'We would welcome the US return to international organisations. We need more American engagement in the United Nations. We need American engagement in the reform of the World Trade Organisation and also we would welcome the American return to the World Health Organisation,' said.



In May, President Trump said the US would withdraw from the World Health Organisation (WHO) because of their relationship with China and failure to provide accurate information regarding Covid.



'Whenever you withdraw, China's there to fill the spaces,' said Mr McAllister.



'The only way forward is to work together. Transatlantic security and prosperity requires that we renew our commitment to each other and pledge to use all of our combined tools to succeed,' said the committee report.



'China, the world's second-largest economy, is taking advantage of this status to the detriment of other market players as well as truly developing nations,' said the committee.



The report also hopes for more trilateral trade discussions with the US, UK, and the EU to coordinate on technology and export controls from China.


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