Chinese investment, and influence, in Europe is growing.

China, like any rising economy, wants to invest money abroad – so it’s bought stakes in Heathrow and other airports and in industrial companies like PSA, which makes Citroen and Peugeot cars. Some China boosters think that it makes a good ally in areas such as climate change, where China’s President Xi Jinping is standing with Europe, and America’s President Donald Trump isn’t. But others worry that China may be driving Europe apart from America because it exploits its links with certain countries to make foreign policy hard in areas such as human rights.

China sometimes has a policy of divide and rule but if Europe speaks as one then it can stand up to China for decades to come.

A prosperous United Europe can make the world more stable. A divided weakened Europe spells trouble.

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