The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) wants to shape the world in its image. For that purpose it uses instruments that risk to destroy liberal democracy. The nature of the West’s conflict with the CCP is systemic, not national or cultural. It is not China’s rise that is the problem, but China’s rise as an authoritarian world power.
The EU has evolved from naïveté to a degree of alertness about the fundamental challenge posed by the CCP. However, it is not enough. The EU needs to develop a coherent strategy to survive as a democratic union.
This strategy is discussed by Roland Freudenstein in the brief ”A China Playbook for Europe”.