Can China Turn Europe Against America?
In this week’s summit, Xi seeks to play Nixon, luring new allies with cash and upending trade routes.
One ploy for countries competing with other great powers is to peel away the allies of your adversary and convert them to your interests. In 1972, Richard Nixon took a trip to Beijing, one of the most daring and effective gambits in the history of U.S. foreign policy. At the time Beijing was a regional player and a nuclear power, but nowhere near a peer competitor to the U.S. or the Soviet Union. Nixon turned China into a lever of American influence.
We are about to find out how well Beijing can play the strategic game. On...