EU urged to rethink its China policy – FT — RT World News

Beijing has become a more direct rival of the bloc due to its stance on the conflict in Ukraine, a news agency reports.

The European Union must take a tougher stance against China, as Beijing has presented a more substantial challenge to the West in part because of its refusal to accuse Russia of the Ukraine conflict, the Financial Times reports. Monday’s report cited a document issued by the bloc’s foreign service.

The minister’s article, advising EU countries on China’s overall strategy, said that “has become an even stronger global competitor to EU, USA“And their allies, adding that this development makes it necessary”to evaluate how best to respond“In the face of challenges arising from Beijing’s actions.

According to the newspaper, factors causing the EU to rethink its China policy include “support Russia in the invasion of Ukrainethe alleged threats to the self-governing island of Taiwan, which China considers its own territory, and the alleged crackdown on human rights.

Meanwhile, China’s deepening relationship with Russia amid the Ukraine conflict is said to be “a worrying development. . .[that] can not be ignored. “Beijing’s position on hostile actions has”put China in more direct competition with Western democracies“The newspaper said.

An EU official, interviewed by the outlet, noted the part of the document that claims “China will not change“, adding that it’s heading”comprehensive competition“With the West, both economically and politically.

The policy paper, which is expected to be discussed by EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday ahead of the China debate at Thursday’s summit, explains that the EU’s position on Beijing is “partner-competitor-competitor system“No longer worth it.

Only one paragraph of the document is said to be dedicated to potential areas of cooperation, including climate change, the environment and health.

Earlier this year, the EU, while confirming its commitment to cooperation, publicly acknowledged that relations had deteriorated, due to “stimulant“Like Beijing’s response to EU human rights sanctions and its stance on the Ukraine conflict.

While many Western countries have imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia after Moscow began its military campaign in Ukraine in late February, China has refused to join them. It has repeatedly stated that the West and Ukraine have failed to solve the problem “legitimate security concerns“While blowing up NATO for pushing the tension between Moscow and Kiev to the point of”break point. “

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