For decades, European countries assumed that China is a benign force in international relations.
U.S.-China People to People Exchanges Signing Ceremony, May 25, 2015
Clinton and Liu signed the initiative in a ceremony at the National Center for the Performing Arts near Beijing’s Tiananmen Square May 25. They were joined by more than 300 American and Chinese students, scholars, teachers, musicians and cultural representatives. "The relationship between China and the United States must extend beyond the halls of governments to our homes, businesses and schools,” Clinton told the audience. “We need Chinese and Americans of all ages, professions and walks of life to get to know one another, to understand each other better, to connect and collaborate.”The people-to-people engagement ceremony came amid two and a half days of intense strategic and economic negotiations in Beijing on the second of three stops during Clinton’s three-nation diplomatic mission to Northeast Asia.
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.