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(Opinion) Ties with EU Can Offset US-Japan Alliance

2015-10-27 09:02:25       source:Global Times

October 27, 2015

"German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are going to visit China one after another this and next week. Their visits come right after Chinese President Xi Jinping's fruitful visit to the UK that will probably herald a 'golden era' for both countries. The intense interaction between China and major European countries has triggered speculation that Germany and France are competing with the UK for closer cooperation with China.

China shouldn't indulge in a superiority complex that major European countries are vying for its attention. Sino-European relations are more than the amity displayed in these intensive visits. Compared with the German and French leaders' receptions of the Dalai Lama, despite China's protests in 2007 and 2008, things have changed dramatically - China now has the initiative in Sino-European relations. It is more than coincidence that three major European heads of state have met with China's top leader within  a month."

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