China Wants A Menage A Trois – Episode 1

In this first episode of Atlantic Anchors, Joel Weickgenant and Kaj Leers look at the rifts between Europe and the United States caused by differences of opinion regarding China. The U.S. government doesn’t want European countries doing business with China, and Washington’s motives aren’t clearly understood. We focus on one story about ASML, a Dutch company that is the market leader in devices used to produce high-end computer chips. ASML’s troubles help us tell a broader story about the China-shaped wedge that is opening up between the United States and Europe. In short: The U.S. wants to prevent China from getting its hands on such technology. But why? Should Europe follow the American lead on this?

For further reading, do head over to this excellent piece by Evan Osnos in The New Yorker, mentioned by Joel. For a succinct analysis of China’s ‘Made in China 2025‘ plan mentioned by Kaj, go here (.pdf). For the goods on how China set up a company that was supposed to compete directly with ASML, see here. For the European Union’s ‘toolbox’ for dealing with Huawei for member states, look no further (again, a .pdf). A view from Beijing: how the Chinese leadership sees no daylight between military and civil applications of technology. And lastly, a highly recommended article in The Atlantic on Chinese president Xi Jinping’s plans for 2049.


And of course, there’s no way around it: Joel and Kaj also take a look at the U.S. elections, the Democratic primary and how European countries feel about the prospect of Donald Trump getting re-elected. To top it all off, we introduce our Beertime-segment, in which Joel and Kaj both introduce a beer from their respective sides of the Atlantic to U.S. and European audiences.