November 10, 2021

Transatlantic cooperation on China, one year since the election of Joe Biden


On November 10, the French-American Foundation hosted a Zoom public policy webinar to discuss relations between the United States, Europe and China.

President Joe Biden was elected one year ago on a promise to repair the relationship with European countries and work closely with them to address the array of challenges posed by China. But, following a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and a US submarine deal with Australia and the UK that infuriated France, transatlantic tensions are back and collective pushback against China is in question. Where do the US and Europe stand in their push to develop a common response to Beijing? And what needs to happen in 2022 for it to succeed?



Managing Editor with Rhodium Group’s China practice, Senior Visiting Fellow in the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and creator of the “Watching China in Europe” newsletter and podcast.

The discussion was moderated by


Director at Brunswick Group and 2020 Young Leader.



Noah Barkin: Noah Barkin is a Managing Editor with Rhodium Group’s China practice.

Noah coordinates Rhodium’s editorial and strategic outreach work on China and contributes to the firm’s research on Europe-China relations, transatlantic China policy and emerging technologies. Noah is also a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Asia Program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and creator of the “Watching China in Europe” newsletter and podcast.

Previously he worked as a bureau chief, regional editor and roving European correspondent for Reuters, based in Berlin, Paris, London and New York. He has written for publications including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Foreign Policy and Politico and been quoted in The Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Noah has been a visiting fellow at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin and the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies in Washington. He is a regular speaker and moderator on European policy issues and the author of a book on the euro. A native Californian, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and French from U.C. Berkeley and a Master’s degree from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Andrew Spinelli: Andrew is a Director in Brunswick Group’s Chicago office. He advises clients on a range of critical issues drawing from his years of experience managing high-profile initiatives centered on the intersection of business, foreign affairs, politics, and government decision-making.

Prior to joining Brunswick, Andrew served as Director of Global Strategic Initiatives for World Business Chicago, where he led the mayor of Chicago’s international economic strategy and development efforts. During this time, he was charged to lead multiple policy priorities and strategic projects for the mayor. Throughout his five-and-a-half-year tenure, Chicago annually led the nation in foreign investment and was consistently top-ranked for its foreign strategy. Read his full bio.