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At a time of competition for winning hearts, minds, and infrastructure contracts, the West's insistence on higher standards, while laudable, could be a hindrance, said Frans-Paul van der Putten, an expert on China at the Clingendael Institute in the Netherlands.

This week's summit, and the increasingly terse tone taken by top European leaders, follows a spate of new EU initiatives meant to curb Beijing's worst excesses. Last week, the EU unveiled a new scheme meant to fight back against China's use of state subsidies to give its firms an unfair advantage against European rivals; this fall, a long-planned...

The biggest benefit of a review system is that it would stimulate policymakers and experts to consider the implications of proposed investments from China and other emerging economies. Problems to be addressed include identifying which entities are vital to European security, what level of Chinese investment constitutes an undesirable influence,...

The erosion and collapse of the Chinese state was the result of internal conditions, but also from interventions by the leading Western powers. From the second part of the nineteenth century, these countries - joined by Japan and Russia - disregarded Chinese sovereignty in order to attain economic and strategic benefits. Consequently, the Chinese...