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Gunnar Jonsson: Italian populism, chinese money – what could go wrong?

Embarrassed, to obey the generous rating of what happened in 2017. The idea was that the EU would select against China in the united nations for human rights, f

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Gunnar Jonsson: Italian populism, chinese money – what could go wrong?

Embarrassed, to obey the generous rating of what happened in 2017. The idea was that the EU would select against China in the united nations for human rights, for the simple reason that the communist dictatorship is strangling freedom of expression, lack of the rule of law and latches into dissidents.

from the EU. Greece refused to be with.

For the greeks had other things to take into consideration. A chinese company owns the country's largest port in Piraeus, and the government in Athens hoped for more trade and investment from the Middle kingdom. Why mess with their sponsor?

Xi Jinping in Italy. Where shall the two countries, inter alia, to sign a letter of intent, proclaiming the Italian aid to the chinese megaprojektet ”One belt, one road”. It is usually called, the New Silk road, and will generate hundreds of billions of dollars to track, ports, and pipelines connecting Asia, Europe and Africa.

Belatedly, the EU has taken to the emerging superpower must be addressed, not only as a trading partner but as a risk.

But there is no doubt where the control is located. This is a chinese approach, which aims to assist the Communist party's strategic ambitions in the world. The less well-off countries in Asia has already fallen into trouble, with loans from China, they cannot afford to pay for.

is also on a corner, but they are in the periphery. Italy would be the first G7 country to jump on the chinese Sidenvägståget.

The Italian economy has for ages been plagued by a mountain of debt, stagnation and questionable politicians. Here comes now the chinese with their export market and their investments. What can go wrong?

consists of populistpartierna Femstjärnerörelsen (M5S) and northern league, and they are not particularly interested in geopolitical considerations. M5S is extremely positive for China, the Lega the less, but when the US barks and Brussels is annoyed smiles both parties in mjugg. The ports of Genoa and Trieste needs a hefty renovation, preferably with chinese money.

In theory, would these ports be the gateway for chinese goods headed to the european market. Though even though Italy has been closer to there than the Piraeus, so the situation is hardly optimal. China's investment in Europe has also tended to promise more than they keep. Possibly it is the most a bridgehead for increased influence in the EU, Beijing is looking for.

to Italy starts the EU summit. At the side of the Brexit, China is a central issue. Belatedly, the EU has taken to the emerging superpower must be addressed, not only as a trading partner but as a risk.

the EUROPEAN commission has presented a strategy where China is described as a ”systemrival”, and then meant more than human rights. Huge government subsidies give chinese exporters an advantage, at the same time that foreign investors are not treated fairly in China. An old EUROPEAN-hot is now on to not let in the chinese in public procurement, unless european companies get the same chances where gone.

the united states wants telekomjätten Huawei excluded from the new 5g networks in the west, and even though EU countries are not entirely on the ball are concerns about espionage and sabotage are also here. Chinese nyckelinvesteringar will begin to be reviewed before they get the go-ahead. France and Germany also want to write about the EU competition rules in order to increase resistance against chinese invaders.

another misguided attempt to direct markets. But basically, the EU has many reasons to be concerned in the face of the chinese onslaught.

China's goal is to divide and conquer. The contradictions that already exist in the EU is a too-good breeding ground, and the case for the union to collect himself. Even better would be if the US trade war against everything and everyone was against that old american and european allies made common cause.

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