Top U.S. andropean Union officials meet in Sweden on Tuesday to weigh how best to deal with China and cooperate on artificial intelligence and other future technology as well ascomplaints about Trump-era tariffs and U.S. green subsidies.
Diplomats say Washington has pushed for language echoing some of the concerns expressed at the G7 leaders meeting a week ago, which China’s Global Times dubbed an “anti-China workshop”.
The gathering in northern Sweden comes just as the European Commission presents its “Economic Security Strategy”, expected to contain measures to prevent rivals such as China gaining access to its most sensitive technology.
Brussels wants to see cooperation to boost green trade, such as mutual recognition of products, even though the U.S. and EU do not have and do not plan to forge a free-trade agreement.
That has left EU producers excluded from some of the benefits of the United States’ projected $369 billion worth of green subsidies in its Inflation Reduction Act.
The EU is seeking progress with the U.S. towards an accord on critical minerals used for electric vehicles.
It also wants advances towards a “green steel” arrangement tackling overcapacity that is required by the end of October to avert the return of steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by former U.S. President Donald Trump that were suspended in 2021 after he left office.