World Europe's role in the world: EU foreign policy chief calls for self-confidence towards China

08:40  02 june  2020
08:40  02 june  2020 Source:   sueddeutsche.de

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The EU ’ s joint foreign and security policy , designed to resolve conflicts and foster international understanding, is based on diplomacy and respect for international rules. Trade, humanitarian aid, and development cooperation also play an important role in the EU ' s international role .

China China is Europe ’ s “systemic rival”, the EU executive stated earlier this year in a paper seen as a turning point in the bloc’s approach to the authoritarian The EU is also facing calls to resume human rights sanctions on China , as further details emerge about China ’s vast prison network in Xinjiang.

Der EU-Außenbeauftragte Josep Borrell plädiert dafür, den den Dialog mit China fortzusetzen. © Getty Images EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell advocates continuing the dialogue with China.

For Josep Borrell, the Hong Kong Security Act raises the question of whether Beijing will meet its international obligations. The fact that China absolutely needs Europe as a market must be used.

EU foreign policy commissioner demands self-confidence towards China

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has criticized China for the new security law for Hong Kong. He told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that the decision of the National People's Congress "once again questions China's will to meet its international obligations". China sometimes refuses to accept international law, such as its territorial claims in the South China Sea.

China warns the United States of a new "Cold War"

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The EU foreign policy chief also identified situations in the Middle East and Libya as major concerns for Europe , pointing out that Russia plays a “Serious talk of reforms in the area of decentralization or federalization would have to be done, which would foster a situation in eastern Ukraine where both

British foreign policy was aimed at enhancing trade and investment opportunities in China while The partnership between the United Kingdom and China shows that states are, despite their self -interest, able to cooperate with each Europe in the eyes of the dragon: EU role in Chinese foreign policy .

Nevertheless, Borrell advocated continuing the dialogue with China. Beijing has "a different understanding of multilateralism," he said, "but we could still reach agreement in many areas, such as climate change. And I would be happy if we could conclude the investment agreement that we are negotiating. "There are undoubtedly many disagreements, but Beijing" is an indispensable partner. "

China is acting" much more aggressively "than a year ago, and in the corona Crisis, Beijing's diplomacy has become "more active and confident." The virus has shown that the confrontation between China and the United States will shape the 21st century. The threats from Washington, the keen responses from Beijing, are now the new normal, "said the EU foreign policy chief.

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The European Central Bank (ECB) is the central bank of the 19 European Union countries which have adopted the euro. Our main task is to maintain price stability in the euro area and so The notion that countries should view their currencies as tools of foreign economic policy became unfashionable.

The European Union is still the world ’ s first economic and trade power, despite the fact that Unfortunately, the task of materializing European foreign policy has proved to be quite For many years, the United States has had the self -appointed mission of ensuring security in the Middle East

Europe must find an answer to this." We need to better understand what our values ​​are, what our interests are and which ones Skills, "demanded Borrell." Our tools all have to do with the role of the most important trading partner. China needs Europe as a market for its products, as an investor and supplier of high-tech and also for international recognition. That is our leverage, we have to use it better, "he said. However, Borrell refuses to impose sanctions.

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Borrell, who is also responsible for EU security policy, warned the member states before defense spending cuts. Greater strategic autonomy in Europe also included military capabilities. "We have to avoid the mistakes of the 2008/9 financial crisis. At that time everyone deleted without coordinating. The result was a significant weakening of our armies. "He expected leaders to coordinate better and" act more structured when military cuts were inevitable. "

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The union needed to be “more self - confident ” and avoid becoming “collateral damage” in a tussle for international influence He told the FT that the EU ' s failure to respond to the recent escalation in the Syria crisis showed why a more Get alerts on EU foreign policy when a new story is published.

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In view of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's annexation of Parts of the West Bank and Jordan Valley through Israel, Borrell said that the EU must "exert pressure and declare that the consequences will not be irrelevant." The annexation is "not a solution, but the end of any two-state solution." If only one state then, "the Israeli government must decide how it wants to deal with the Palestinians." Then, according to Borrell, the situation would be completely different. If it did come about, the EU would continue to look. In March there was still great agreement that an annexation would be contrary to international law - "at the ministerial meeting in May there was no consensus to clearly underline this."

To the one beginning on July 1st The German Social Democrat from Spain has "very high expectations" from the EU Council Presidency in Germany. He told the SZ: "If Berlin doesn't support something, nothing will happen in the EU." An agreement between Germany and France, as was recently the case with the reconstruction package to deal with the corona pandemic, was "a necessary step", but this alone was not enough. According to Borrell, the EU Commission under Ursula von der Leyen based her proposal last week on the Franco-German plan: "Would the proposal have looked the same without the Merkel-Macron plan? I have my doubts."

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