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Lionel Laurent

Xi Jinping and Huawei Are a Serious Threat to European Unity

Europe has been struggling to find a common approach on how to respond to China’s advances. But there are some nascent signs of progress.

Tiny Monaco has formed an unlikely partnership with China. There are lessons here for Europe.

Tiny Monaco has formed an unlikely partnership with China. There are lessons here for Europe.

Photographer: VALERY HACHE/AFP

To understand Europe’s muddle over China, look at Monaco.

The tiny tax haven, famous for its casinos, has forged an unlikely partnership with the Communist state that would have Lenin spinning in his grave. It is going to become a 2 square kilometer test bed for a new 5G mobile network from Huawei, the Chinese telecoms equipment maker. The deal has been promoted by Monaco as an attempt to build a “smart nation,” and China is happy no doubt to have a display window in the heart of Europe. China’s president Xi Jinping visited the principality this week, on his way to see Emmanuel Macron and other leaders in Paris.