“China retaliated against the EU sanctions by blacklisting European lawmakers and think tanks, although that might make the EU parliament’s ratification of a pending investment treaty with China more difficult.

“‘It’s a high-stakes gamble for the Chinese,’ says Daniel Russel, a former Obama China official, now a vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute, a think tank. ‘But it’s not a gamble they are certain to lose…'”

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