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Europe’s souring on China has been long in the making, but the unprecedented broadsides from leaders of the G-7 bloc and NATO this week cemented a tougher collective trans-Atlantic stance against Beijing. “China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to Alliance security,” the 30 member states of NATO wrote in the closing communique of their summit in Brussels on Monday, which mentioned China a record 10 times, compared to only once in the joint statement after NATO’s last summit in…

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