Students see this:

China's designs on Europe,
How much has China invested in Europe?
Why is China investing so much in Europe?
Will that affect Europe's foreign policy?
How should the US react to that?
Is China seeking to destabilize Europe?
Who has acted more responsibly towards Europe, China or the US?
Is this promising?
What should Europe do?
What about Trump? What should he do?

South China Sea
What's going on in The South China Sea?
Why is this a problem?
What should be done in the area and why?


My notes:

Economist: China's designs on Europe,
How much has China invested in Europe?
China invested 40 billion in Europe in 2016.
Why is China investing so much in Europe?
China is using its financial muscle to buy influence.
Will that affect Europe's foreign policy?
How should the US react to that?
Is China seeking to destabilize Europe?
It would rather Europe remain stable and open for business.
Who has acted more responsibly towards Europe, China or the US?
China, seeking to uphold global accords rather than....
Is this promising?
No, China has little in common with Europe. Europe has picked off member states in order to block human rights decisions.
Europe continues to side with US militarily in South China Sea, for example, although Hungary and Greece have blocked European rulings against China there.
Montenegro owes China 1 billion Euros, 25% of its GDP.
Czeck Republic, Greece, Hungary and Poland have some problems with China.
What should Europe do?
Governments should vet investments case by case,
introduce more instruments to clarify purchases,
increase funding for impartial China research,
demand transparency from Chinese political parties, universities, think-tanks, lobbyists
Europe should speak as one,
Europe should use qualified-majority voting (QMV) rather than unanimous votes (human rights)
(this makes it harder for China to pick off European countries).
What about Trump?
Trump should stop mistreating Europe.
US should collaborate with EU setting up common standards of transparency, graft-busting and prevention of influence-peddling.
(Briefing is extra reading)

Economist: South China Sea
What's going on in The South China Sea?
Military confrontations because China claims that entire area is theirs and have militarily built up islands.
The US and its allies are sending ships into the area in order to demonstrate that they do not accept China's position.ยด
The problem is that the more often these warships come into contact with each other, the more likely it is that someone will make a serious mistake.
What should be done in the area and why?