China strategy ‘The Netherlands & China: a new balance’ / Government of the Netherlands
While noting, “Our preference is to act in concert with the EU,” and _“The government sees the EU as the main channel for its relations with China,”_ the Dutch government’s short policy document also _“calls for a rebalancing of our bilateral relationship” and describes its position toward China as “both constructive and critical.”_ The summary continues:
_The Netherlands seeks to work with China on issues like climate change and energy, the SDGs [sustainable development goals], fighting epidemics, the circular economy and sustainability, eldercare, agri-food and logistics/transport. But we must also be mindful of security issues (including those concerning economic security), cyberespionage, undesirable influencing, and our own norms and values. In short, the government will take advantage of opportunities whenever possible and safeguard its interests whenever necessary.