“We will open a new debate on Monday, April 24, at the level of foreign ministers, and in June the heads of state will express themselves on this topic. Basically, what is new is the awareness of the fact that the world system risks fragmenting, dividing into large blocs, one around the United States, another around China. It could be two different technological ecosystems, disconnected, with the potential danger that this situation degenerates into conflict. It is the role of Europe to avoid this confrontation,” said Josep Borrell in an interview with the daily Le Monde.
Borrell also evoked the idea of strengthening the strategic autonomy of the European Union. “A stronger Europe is a stronger ally of the United States,” argued the EU official.
Referring to EU-China relations, Borrell appreciated that the Chinese nation is “an economic competitor”, but admitted that other countries, including the United States, are in the same situation. “The most important issue remains that of technological rivalry and our dependence” on China. “We have benefited from cheap Chinese products for a long time. From now on, China has changed and produces advanced technologies. We need to discuss this,” Borrell emphasized.
Regarding the issue of Taiwan and the idea of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who argued that the EU should not strictly follow the policies of Washington or Beijing, Borrell emphasized that the European position “has not evolved”. “We are for maintaining stability in the Taiwan Strait,” he emphasized.
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