The China memorandum makes clear that the government is committed to cooperation with China in areas of shared interest. At the same time, the government wants to make the Netherlands more resilient to China where necessary. It aims to achieve greater reciprocity and curb any unilateral strategic dependencies.
In the Dutch maritime sector, as in other sectors, it is important to note that the government is now more willing to take measures to tackle undesirable aspects of the economic relationship with China. Still, the door to economic interaction with China remains wide open.
The aim of this white paper is to contribute to a more strategic positioning for the Netherlands towards China in the maritime sphere by addressing two questions:
1. Why and how is China relevant to the maritime sector and to the Netherlands?
2. What are the relevant building blocks of a strategic positioning?