China’s major Indo-Pacific trade deal a ‘wake-up call’ for US and Europe

A bloc of key American allies joined a major new trade deal with China, even as Beijing seeks to convert economic clout into political influence at the expense of the United States.

“Europe and the U.S. should see this as a wake-up call to join forces,” German politician Manfred Weber, who leads the European People’s Party in the European Parliament, said this week.

The 15-nation Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership signed this week was celebrated in Australia as “the biggest trade deal since the [World Trade Organization] was created.” But China often uses economic connections as tools to punish countries in political disputes,
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