EU looks for united voice on China

SpaceWar.com reports: “EU foreign ministers meet Friday to seek a common approach on lessening Europe’s reliance on China and coaxing Beijing to take a tougher stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Brussels is urging the European Union’s 27 nations to get on the same page on how they deal with China as a more assertive Beijing flexes its influence on the world stage.

Speaking at the European Parliament this week, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz admitted relations were getting tougher as ‘rivalry and competition on the side of China have certainly increased’.

He backed calls for a ‘smart de-risking’ by slashing Europe’s dependence on China for key materials, but there is no appetite to sever all ties with the world’s second-biggest economy.

‘There is a desire to avoid confrontation with China, even if disputes are multiplying,’ said Elvire Fabry from the Jacques Delors Institute think tank…”

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