JosepBorrell says, Europe has been ‘naive’ about China

JosepBorrell says, Europe has been ‘naive’ about China

EU foreign affairs chief JosepBorrell said Europe has been “a little naive” in its relationship with China but its approach is becoming more realistic.
He said that China is an economic partner as it is a “systemic rival that seeks to promote an alternative model of governance,” He added that because both China and the EU promote multilateralism, it puts them “on the same side.” But this doesn’t mean they share the same understanding of global governance, especially in times of crisis.
“We Europeans support effective multilateralism with the United Nations at the centre.China, on the other hand, has a selective multilateralism that wants, and is based on, a different understanding of the international order”, said the high representative on foreign affairs.
He also added that, “We have to see what is behind the word”.
Borrell added that the coronavirus crisis has exacerbated the rivalry between the U.S. and China, as both powers blame each other for the spread of the pandemic. As such, he criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s view of multilateralism.
But Borrell cast doubt on Trump’s suggestion that the virus had been engineered in a Chinese laboratory — one that was contradicted by the president’s own intelligence services. “One must always take the statements of the president of the United States with care,” he said, adding that “a few days ago, he recommended that we drink disinfectant to fight the coronavirus.”

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