Articles on Asia & China

Trump cannot bring Europe and China together (Commentary)

François Godement - 06 July 2018

Donald Trump’s attack on the international trading system is changing the EU's relationship with China

Trump-Kim summit: Gambler’s diplomacy (Commentary)

François Godement - 13 June 2018

The agreement is a dead end sold as the road to denuclearisation and peace – and, as such, it beggars belief.

Birds of different feathers: why the North Korea and Iran problems require distinct solutions (Commentary)

François Godement - 25 May 2018

Europe’s most useful role is to push for steady American policies. It is also to convince Iran that a compromise on missiles is in its own interest.

The ECFR Power Audits (Commentary)

Asli Aydıntaşbaş & François Godement & Kadri Liik & Jeremy Shapiro - 25 May 2018

The four power audits show that Europeans, particularly when working together, retain the capacity to cooperate and compete effectively with all these powers.  But they also show that, in each case, Europe is failing to do so. 

The Inter-Korean Summit: Peace is not – yet – at hand (Commentary)

François Godement - 04 May 2018

North Korea is not yet denuclearized. To get there, China will have to play significant role in the negotiations.

Why China (probably) won’t go to trade war with America (Commentary)

François Godement - 20 April 2018

The US protecting its own technology is not the same as a trade war. But were such a war to emerge, it may well be the apparently invulnerable Xi Jinping rather than the bullishly confident Donald Trump who finds his country worse off as a result

Trump and North Korea: a bonfire of the missiles? (Commentary)

François Godement - 29 March 2018

There is a way through the Trump-Kim meeting that would satisfy demands on both sides – and keep South Korea and Japan reliant on the US

Macron’s passage to India: a missed opportunity for Europe (Commentary)

Tara Varma - 16 March 2018

Macron’s message to Modi was “Choose France”, rather than “Choose Europe”.

Trump-Kim: Reading through the liar's poker (Commentary)

François Godement - 14 March 2018

Each of the two has a personal and strategic interest in reaching an agreement. They can no longer stop the game that they have started.

Xi’s rule for life: what does our anxiety reveal? (Commentary)

François Godement - 28 February 2018

"With loss of Eden, till one greater Man Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat" (John Milton)