China strategy

EU leaders meet to discuss China and Xi Jinping starts a European tour in Italy, where Beijing is making controversial investments. Other delicate issues include trade wars and a slowing economy. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis.

© FT montage; Getty Images. Xi Jinping has overseen huge expansion in Chinese influence overseas, a move which alarms some European states

Rattled by Beijing’s economic clout, the EU is finally trying to devise a tougher strategy

Companies in burgeoning technology require new sources of funding

Rome’s Belt and Road agreement with Beijing can be a model for other European countries

The world will judge Beijing on its treatment of the men seized after Huawei CFO arrest

A shrinking Chinese current account surplus poses problems for US public and private sectors

Italy’s controversial endorsement of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Competition from Google and sharp fall in profits are a concern but tech group is well placed