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Europe's Connectivity Agenda + Semiconductor supply chains + Cyber weaknesses

Story of the month: The EU’s new connectivity agenda – What (not) to learn from Belt and Road Initiative?

The Council of the European Union recently approved conclusions on “A Globally Connected Europe.” The adoption of this policy document is the latest milestone in an ongoing European attempt to orchestrate a new connectivity strategy, partly in response to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

In 2018, an EU joint communication on “Connecting Europe and Asia” was released, establishing the building blocks for a “sustainable, comprehensive and rules-based” connectivity strategy. Over the past year, the topic of connectivity has picked up steam, with European Parliament urging a global connectivity strategy, the adoption of an EU Indo-Pacific strategy with connectivity elements and G7 discussions about a new “build back better world” initiative.

Author(s)
Rebecca Arcesati
Rebecca Arcesati
Analyst

China’s foreign economic policy; Digital Silk Road; technology and innovation in EU-China relations

Katja Drinhausen
Katja Drinhausen
Senior Analyst

China’s legal and governance system; social credit system; human rights

John Lee
John Lee
Senior Analyst

Internet and cyberspace governance; next-generation digital networks; export controls and sanctions

Jacob Mardell
Jacob Mardell
Analyst

China’s regional policy in Asia and global infrastructure foreign policy

Grzegorz Stec
Grzegorz Stec
Analyst

EU-China relations; Central and Eastern Europe-China relations

Author(s)
Rebecca Arcesati
Rebecca Arcesati
Analyst

China’s foreign economic policy; Digital Silk Road; technology and innovation in EU-China relations

Katja Drinhausen
Katja Drinhausen
Senior Analyst

China’s legal and governance system; social credit system; human rights

John Lee
John Lee
Senior Analyst

Internet and cyberspace governance; next-generation digital networks; export controls and sanctions

Jacob Mardell
Jacob Mardell
Analyst

China’s regional policy in Asia and global infrastructure foreign policy

Grzegorz Stec
Grzegorz Stec
Analyst

EU-China relations; Central and Eastern Europe-China relations