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Europe must abandon muddled thinking about China

Beijing will divide and conquer by finding western nations to invest in

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Xi Jinping shakes hands with Giuseppe Conte as he arrives at Villa Madama in Rome on March 23, 2019: on that day, Italy announced it was joining the BRI.   © Reuters

Humphrey Hawksley is a former BBC China Bureau Chief. An expanded and revised edition of his latest book "Asian Waters; The Struggle Over the Indo-Pacific and the Challenge to American Power" is published in this month.

With its unusually blunt warning to China, accusing it of exploiting COVID-19 to undermine European democracy, the EU has shown a long overdue change of mindset after years of jumbled, divisive and largely reactive policies in dealing with Beijing.

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