Is it "a tale of two Europes" or more "a Divided States of America"? It seems the Atlantic Ocean is widening since unprecedented policies such as the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Change and the Iran nuclear deal have caused concern and confusion among its European partners. To decrease reliance on the US, France and Germany are vowing to pursue an independent foreign policy and national defense for Europe.
China is a potential partner to strengthen cooperation, but the Belt and Road Initiative and the “1+16” plan among Eastern European countries has caused the EU to be cautious about China’s intentions. What consequences does Trump’s style of governance have in international society? What is the state of the triangular relations among the US, the EU and China? And how should we evaluate China’s further engagement in shaping the world landscape?