Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Noah Barkin is managing editor in the China practice at Rhodium Group and a senior visiting fellow in the Asia Program of the German Marshall Fund, where he writes the monthly "Watching China in Europe" column. Before taking up these positions, Barkin had a 25-year career as a journalist, working mainly for Reuters as a bureau chief, regional news editor, and roving Europe correspondent, with stints in Berlin, Paris, London and New York. What follows is a lightly edited Q&A. Noah Barkin.Illustration by Kate Copeland In 2019, the EU Parliament set the stage for current EU-China relations with their "Strategic Outlook" document, in which it labelled China a “cooperation partner,” “economic competitor,” and a “systemic rival.” How did we arrive at that point in 2019? The EU line on China really began to harden back in 2015-2016, and it started with concerns about Chinese acquisitions in Europe. There were growing complaints from European companies operating iSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.