Europe's growing anxiety over China-US conflict

Fearful of the conflict's impact on trade and investment, the EU muffles its response over Hong Kong and is divided on Huawei

BERLIN • The European Union is in a fix. As it watches with growing anxiety the US and China pummel each other over trade, technology and a growing list of other issues, it wants to stay out of the conflict, but finds itself drawn in.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made it all too clear what he expected the EU to do when he stated emphatically: "This isn't the United States confronting China, this is the world confronting China."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2020, with the headline 'Europe's growing anxiety over China-US conflict'. Subscribe