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China is losing the battle for Europe's hearts and minds

Foreign Minister Wang Yi's eight-day European charm offensive was a failure

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas welcomes Wang Yi before a meeting in Berlin on Sep. 1: Beijing must realize that Europe can't be so easily bought.   © Reuters

Minxin Pei is professor of government at Claremont McKenna College and a nonresident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

Just as the Soviet bloc faced off against the U.S. across the Iron Curtain, Europe will be a major theater of geopolitical conflict in the new Cold War unfolding between the U.S. and China.

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