European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is making her first official visit to China next week, along with French President Emmanuel Macron. The framework is somewhat time-consuming, as relations between the EU and the Asian giant could deteriorate. Therefore, the head of the Community Effect was called more “bold” in the face of China;
“It is clear” that relations with the Asian giant “have become longer and more difficult in recent years”, the German thinks this Thursday in a speech at the German tank MERICS. However, he thinks that the connection with the country is “too important to risk not setting up clearly the words for a healthy job”.
For this reason, he asked the EU countries to “bold and faster” the use of new financial instruments against China, such as subsidies or policies against blackmail from third countries.
On a further level, Xi Jinping criticized the government for the “deliberate duration of China’s strategy”. Thus, Von der Leyen referred to the Chinese leader’s visit to Moscow and criticized the fact that, despite Russia’s military upheaval in Ukraine, he “maintains infinite friendship with Putin’s Russia.” Although he pointed out that there has been a “change in dynamics in the relationship between China and Russia”, he warned in parallel that the way in which China interacts with Putin “will determine the relationship it has with the EU”. .
In this sense, Von der Leyen reminded China of its responsibility, since it has a “constructive role” to achieve just peace in the relationship with Ukraine. “Any peace plan that consolidates the annexation of Russia is not a viable plan,” the president of the European Commission said in reference to the proposal presented by the Chinese government.
The President of the Community Executive emphasized that the EU’s relationship with China is “one of the biggest and most important in the world”; therefore, the manner in which it is cared for will be “the determining factor of future economic prosperity and security.”
So it happened that China used an economic and commercial threat, with its influence to acquire “from the smallest countries” and caused a disgraceful check in its country. As an example, he gave the case of Lithuania, which after opening a representative office in Taiwan was subject to sanctions for the importation of products into the Asian giant market.
The president of the European Commission has expressed his concern about the hidden behind China’s return to the world stage, after the opening after the COVID. He called for a framework in which to define European versus Chinese policy.
The German emphasized that less than fifty years ago the Asian giant had left poverty and economic isolation as “the world’s second largest economy” and “a leader in many cutting-edge technologies.” Therefore, he sought his position to “develop” the country considering its economic, industrial and military power.