In negotiations with China over a new investment treaty, the EU asserted its autonomy from Washington.

The Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), the first bilateral investment treaty between EU and China concluded in December 2020, enjoys broad support among EU member states and will likely speed through the European Council. However, public opinion in Europe is shifting against China. The European Parliament, which also has to ratify the deal, is on the fence. If the Biden administration wants to scuttle the deal in an attempt to isolate China, it should lobby members of the EU parliament to take a tougher stand on Chinese forced labor practices.


Europe Is Getting Closer to China, But Biden Can Pull It Back