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China’s European Diplomatic Blitz Aims to Blunt U.S. Influence

  • Foreign Minister Wang Yi starts weeklong Europe trip
  • Beijing blames U.S. for damaging other bilateral relationships
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China is looking to turn on the charm in Europe to push back against a U.S. campaign for allies to shun cooperation with Beijing.

Foreign Minister Wang Yi kicked off a week-long Europe tour Tuesday, with planned stops in Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, France and Germany. The trip comes on the heels of U.S. Secretary of State Micheal Pompeo’s two visits to Europe in as many months, in which he warned that China poses a greater threat than Russia.