Ursula von der Leyen, Joe Biden, Charles Michel
MERICS Europe China 360°
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EU-US Trade and Technology Council + Sanctions + EUCCC survey

Story of the month: EU-US Trade and Technology Council will be a litmus test for transatlantic coordination on China

The EU-US summit held in June signaled the transatlantic partners’ ambition to reinvigorate their cooperation – including on issues pertaining to China. The two sides explicitly noted plans to “closely consult and cooperate on the full range of issues in the framework of our respective similar multi-faceted approaches to China”. However, it is the technical Trade and Technology Council (TTC) that may prove to be the most efficient channel for developing common responses to systemic challenges posed by China. 

Initially proposed by the European Council in December 2020, the TTC will cover a plethora of issues that will shape the future of global economic and digital governance, from technical standards and collaborative innovation to the security of information and communications technologies.