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The end of European influence in Asia

EU proving increasingly irrelevant in a region dominated by China

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European Council President Charles Michel looks at a screen during an EU-China Leaders' video conference in Brussels on Dec. 30, 2020: European countries are captured by China's expanding importance.   © AP

William Bratton is author of "China's Rise, Asia's Decline." He was previously head of equity research, Asia-Pacific at HSBC.

As China rises, governments across Asia are seeking stronger economic and political ties with the European Union and individual European countries. The hope is that these enhanced relationships will act as a counterweight to China's expanding influence and mitigate increasing uncertainty over the U.S.'s long-term commitment to the region.

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