(CN) --- On the eve of a tense summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday continued his weeklong effort to solder back together the partially broken relationship between the United States and the European Union by building a common front against Russia and China.
Since arriving in England last Wednesday, Biden has succeeded in bringing reluctant European allies on board with a U.S. strategy to resist China's growing global influence and power. His trip serves as a healing session to expunge the bad memory of former President Donald Trump, whose highly combative tone with European leaders threatened to unravel a decades-long friendship.
Biden's successes in Europe are prompting a fierce reaction from Beijing, which accused the West of “slandering” China's “peaceful development” and reanimating a “Cold War mentality.” The tough rhetoric from Washington and Brussels seems to be driving China closer to Russia too, with a top Chinese diplomat saying the two shared an “unbreakable relationship.”
Biden will sit down with Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. Relations between the West and Russia are seen to be at their lowest point since the end of the Cold War. Biden and Putin are not expected to announce any major breakthroughs but rather lay down so-called red lines and conditions for a more constructive and predictable relationship.
Group of Seven and NATO summits over the weekend and on Monday resulted in a wide-ranging Transatlantic agreement to fuse even more of the West's monetary powers, military strengths, technological resources and liberal values in a titanic struggle against China and Russia. For the first time on Monday, NATO declared China a military “challenge,” citing its military cooperation with Russia, growing nuclear arsenal and establishment of military bases in Africa.
During Tuesday's summit in Brussels, Biden and EU leaders added more critical parts to this new Transatlantic pro-democratic, climate-friendly alliance against Russia and China, who they accuse of being authoritarian powers spreading illiberal values, corruption and repression around the globe. Russian and China retort that the U.S. is a hypocritical hegemon responsible for humanitarian and military disasters, most obviously in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.
The U.S. and EU agreed to set up a new Transatlantic council to discuss and forge common policies to settle disputes arising over the thorny issues related to trade and the digital future, such as the privacy of data, boundaries for biotechnology, standards for artificial intelligence and quantum computing, rules for taxing profits made online.
On the trade side, officials said the new U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council will seek to find common ground to strengthen supply chains, resolve import and export disagreements and establish standards for investments.
“The notion here is that the United States and Europe laid the foundation for the world economy after World War II and now have to work together to write the rules of the road for the next generation, particularly in the areas of economics and emerging technologies,” a senior White House official said in a briefing with reporters.
This new council will begin work at a time when the EU is moving ahead with a broad set of new laws designed to promote climate-friendly business practices, such as taxing imports deemed to be bad for the Earth's atmosphere and establishing rules to determine which investments can be considered green.
At the same time, the EU has made stricter regulation of the digital economy and online world another cornerstone of its policymaking. It is seeking to curb the power of the U.S. tech giants, ban the untrammeled use of data collected from internet users and collect more taxes from online services. The bloc is also seeking to expand the digitalization of its economies and societies.