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EU proposes new post-Trump alliance with US in face of China threat, reports Financial Times

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BRUSSELS (REUTERS) – The European Union is seeking to forge a new alliance with the United States to bury the tensions of the Trump era and meet the challenges posed by China, the Financial Times reported on Sunday (Nov 29), citing a draft plan.

The plan proposes rebuilding ties with common fronts on issues from digital regulation to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, the Financial Times said.

Relations between the United States and Europe have been strained under President Donald Trump. The EU and most of the bloc’s states have congratulated President-elect Joe Biden.

“As open democratic societies and market economies, the EU and the US agree on the strategic challenge presented by China’s growing international assertiveness, even if we do not always agree on the best way to address this,” the Financial Times cited the draft plan as saying.

The plan, which will be submitted for endorsement by national leaders at a meeting on Dec 10-11, proposed the launch of a new transatlantic agenda in an EU-US summit in the first half of 2021, the newspaper added.

Earlier in November, the EU imposed tariffs on up to US$4 billion (S$5 billion) US imports in retaliation for US subsidies for Boeing but said it was hopeful of an improvement in trade ties under Mr Biden.

EU trade chief Valdis Dombrovskis earlier said the European Commission, which coordinates trade policy for the 27 EU member states, had made some informal contacts with the Biden team.