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Europe Looks for Ally to Check China as Trump and Covid Recede

  • EU leaders seek a reset when Biden visits Brussels in June
  • Trans-Atlantic allies will try to move past trade disputes
European Union President Charles Michel Meets Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal
Photographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

With Donald Trump in the rear-view mirror and the continent turning the corner in its Covid vaccination campaign, the European Union is looking past its slate of crises and charting its path in a world profoundly changed by the pandemic. And it’s looking to rekindle an old friendship.

In an overture to President Joe Biden, the EU this week sent the White House a proposed joint statement to smooth over recent conflicts and give a boost to the trans-Atlantic alliance to confront China and Russia.