China may be a systemic rival to the European Union but it’s not a threat to world peace, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said Tuesday.
Borrell emerged from a three-hour video discussion with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to defend what he called a “realistic” approach to Beijing. His sanguine view of China’s military ambitions puts him at odds with the United States and some of China’s neighbors, ranging from Japan to India, which are increasingly worried that Beijing is flexing its military muscle from the Himalayas to the South China Sea.
Borrell’s discussion with Wang took place as EU-China relations are under intense scrutiny after China moved to strengthen its legal grip on Hong Kong and as some member countries have called on the EU to tackle more aggressively disinformation from China and Russia related to the coronavirus. Läs artikel