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EU leaders are preparing for a key summit, and China has become the focus.” Qatar Al Jazeera reported on this topic. On the 28th that the leaders of the 27 EU member states are scheduled to hold a two-day summit in Brussels this week. To discuss foreign policy and other issues, including the EU’s China strategy.

At the beginning of the report. European Council President Michel said in an invitation letter to the leaders of the participating countries. On the 27th that the summit would be an opportunity to “reconfirm” the EU’s unified position on China.

The report continued that the EU’s 27 member states often struggle to reach agreement. On a range of internal issues ranging from immigration to subsidies. And foreign policy is no exception. And the EU has had trouble planning how to deal with China in the past few years.

Grzegorz Steck, an analyst at the German think tank Mercator China Institute. He told Al Jazeera that EU member states remain divided on China policy. Some of them see economic security as a key issue, while others see Beijing as a key issue. The position on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is the key issue at present. “These differences in priorities sometimes lead to friction,” Steck said.

The report immediately mentioned that in the past few years. The EU’s stance on China has become tough due to various reasons, including the new crown epidemic. China’s rise as a technological and economic power is regarded as a threat by some EU countries. The situation in the Taiwan Strait, and China’s attitude towards China. The position of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Amid tensions with China and Russia, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in March before his visit to China that the EU should focus on “de-risking rather than decoupling” in its stance on China. Subsequently, some large member states of the European Union warned against “following” the “fanatic” approach of the United States.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang responded

But regarding the so-called “removal of risk”, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang responded on May 9. That when talking about “removal of risk”, one must first think about what is risk and where is the risk. He reminded that it is worth noting that some countries are launching a “new cold war”, breaking international rules. Inciting ideological confrontation, engaging in confrontation between camps, and “decoupling and breaking chains”… These are the real risks that need to be paid attention to! The reality of de-Sinicization in the name of “removing risks” is to eliminate opportunities, cooperation, stability, and development.

The Al Jazeera report further claimed that von der Leyen also revealed last week. That the EU wanted to “strengthen economic security”. She said that although “global integration and an open economy have been a positive force”, the EU must also “Keep a clear understanding of a more competitive and geopolitical (confrontation) world.” The report claimed that although von der Leyen’s plan did not publicly state that. It was an economic strategy against China. Some experts said that one of the main targets of the strategy was Beijing.

European Commission President von der Leyen
European Commission President von der Leyen

The report continued that Ambassador Fu Cong, head of the Chinese mission to the EU, told Al Jazeera that while China understands the EU’s ambition to build resilient supply chains, the EU “should not confuse economic security with national security to the detriment of free trade.

Ambassador Fu Cong, Head of the Chinese Mission to the European Union.
Ambassador Fu Cong, Head of the Chinese Mission to the European Union.

Al Jazeera report

Al Jazeera also said that as EU leaders prepare to debate what “de-risking” with China means for future relations and try to agree on a unified “strategy for China,” the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy “It’s not always easy to say objectively where de-risking ends and decoupling begins,” Borrell said in a speech this week. “So we need a real debate on this in Europe.” .Remember that agencies can make recommendations, but the decision rests with member states”.

“Global Times” reporter asked about Borelli’s previous similar statement at the press conference on May 12, saying that Borelli claimed after the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers that the foreign ministers of EU member states supported the “recalibration” of their China strategy and continued to focus on China. China is seen as a global problem partner and economic competitor. While adhering to the “triple positioning” towards China, the EU should strengthen its competition with China. “De-risking” means re-examining the economic relationship between Europe and China. The purpose is not to “decouple” the Chinese economy, but to rebalance the relationship between Europe and China. What is China’s comment?

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin replied that China always views China-EU relations from a strategic height and a long-term perspective, regards Europe as a comprehensive strategic partner, and maintains a stable and continuous policy towards Europe. China appreciates the EU’s disapproval of zero-sum games. At the same time, we believe that the “triple positioning” of “partners, competitors, and institutional opponents” is itself contradictory. In fact, China and the EU share extensive common interests, cooperation outweighs competition, and consensus outweighs differences. We hope that the European side will take off the colored glasses of ideology, eliminate external interference, adhere to strategic independence, form an independent and objective understanding of China, and pursue a positive and rational policy towards China, which is in the best interests of Europe.

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