Transatlantic relations

I have taken the Senator’s name off of this.

We need this thinking in our awareness. The Senate is having these thoughts. It is not necessarily party centric. This was in a panel discussion in Warsaw this week.

On working with Europe to compete with China, (Senator) said: “This is a moment in which I think we have to be realistic about the opportunities that frankly come with the great power competition, not just the downsides. I mean, listen, I think the future of relations with China run through our ability to build seamless cooperation between the United States and Europe. And so, I am gladdened by our increasing discussions around trade and technology. If we’re going to have an industrial policy in the United States, which I think we are on our way towards, it makes no sense to do that unilaterally. We should be building a common industrial policy with Europe. It doesn’t make sense for Europe to move out way ahead of us on technology regulation, [it’s] better for us to set the standard together. So, I think China delights when we are setting different standards, when we are creating parallel industrial policies. I think they know they’re in for a much rougher ride when we’re acting together.

“And frankly, to this question we were discussing before about how you present an offer to countries that right now are allured by the free money with no strings attached from China: creating a seamless market between the United States and Europe, creating an easy plug-in to the transatlantic… as an alternative to economic reliance with China is the future as well,”

Yes, there are still a few ‘common sense’ senators around. This same senator also gave a wonderful response to how the Afghanistan troop removal ended last year.


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