Latvia: Balancing EU Devotion with a Strong Transatlantic Reliance

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Latvia’s exchanges with China have increased since 2013, but with the
economy as the primary driver, there is no political alignment with Beijing
at present and it is unlikely in the future. The US is seen as a security
guarantor and a strategic ally. Against the backdrop of the US-Chinese
trade war, Latvia approaches each of the partners separately, waiting
and seeing while issuing no harsh statements that might set off either
side. The EU and the transatlantic partnership are the pillars of Latvian
foreign policy and Latvia tends to support a more cohesive EU-China
policy. Several EU-China topics are more visible on the Latvian agenda
than others, for instance, the idea of rethinking the ‘17+1’ cooperation to
include a unified European voice. Latvia has been in the passenger’s seat
on several issues of the EU-China agenda, such as equal market access
and a joint EU investment screening framework
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurope in the Face of EU-China Rivalry
Subtitle of host publicationA Report by the European Think-tank Network on China, January 2020
EditorsMario Esteban, Miguel Otero-Iglesias
Place of PublicationMadrid
PublisherReal Instituto Elcano
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-92 983-21-6
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Field of Science*

  • 5.6 Political science

Publication Type*

  • 3.2. Articles or chapters in other proceedings other than those included in 3.1., with an ISBN or ISSN code


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