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East meets West: EU struggles to find common cause on China policy



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In just a few weeks’ time, Covid permitting, the Winter Olympics will open in Beijing. A celebration of sporting exploits it may well be, but the event will also be taking place amid a charged political atmosphere. Lithuania was the first EU member state to join the US, UK and Australia in declaring it would stage a diplomatic boycott of the Games, citing human rights concerns in China. The EU’s overall relationship with China is the subject of this debate between two MEPs.

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Produced by Georgina Robertson, Isabelle Romero, Perrine Desplats and Céline Schmitt

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