- Pompeo said he has accepted the proposal of Josep Borrell to establish a formal U.S.-European dialogue on China policy.
- Brussels is still trying to open a middle path between the United States and China.
- Pompeo accused China of stealing European intellectual property rights and creating the coronavirus.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday that the United States and the EU must reach a consensus on the China issue so that they can jointly confront China. Washington regards Beijing as a threat, and accuses it of stealing European technology to develop its own economy.
Pompeo said he has accepted the proposal of Josep Borrell, the European Union’s high-level foreign policy representative, to establish a formal U.S.-European dialogue on China policy. He will also travel to Europe in the near future to host the first dialogue.
Pompeo said that the two sides of the Atlantic have awakened together, and realized the truth of what is happening at the moment. He said while attending a think tank agency meeting via video conference, “this isn’t the United States confronting China, this is the world confronting China.”
Earlier this month, Borrell proposed a related US-Europe dialogue as a video conference between Pompeo and EU foreign ministers neared the end. The details are unclear; Pompeo only revealed that the dialogue will be attended by senior officials, and there are no restrictions on content and time.
Two EU diplomats revealed that the dialogue will not be a platform for formulating a common trade policy, but more discussion about how to deal with information released by China that is regarded as fake news by the West.
EU Tries “Middle Way”
Reuters reported that despite the EU’s consensus with Washington in certain areas, such as accusing China of adopting predatory trade behavior to dominate strategic industries, Brussels is still trying to open a middle path between the United States and China.
As the world’s largest trade community, the senior EU representative held a video conversation with Chinese leaders this Monday. Brussels believes that Beijing is a partner in climate protection, but it is also an economic competitor.
Pompeo accused China of stealing European intellectual property rights and abusing trade rules to protect its own economy, thereby causing damage to the United States, so the EU must confront China.
Pompeo criticized China’s financial system and said that China can enter US capital markets, but the US cannot enter the Chinese market in the same way. He also added that this new US-European dialogue platform will also share some information about China.
The US Secretary of State said that different views will appear in the dialogue, but he hopes that this will be a “catalyst for promoting action.” Pompeo also pointed out that the two sides will work to build a common understanding of some factual information, and on this basis, put forward a series of recommendations for joint action. However, he did not disclose more details.
Pompeo has spared no effort to exert pressure to prevent the EU countries from cooperating with the Chinese technology giant Huawei, but the results so far have been limited. The US Secretary of State has repeatedly claimed that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) originated in Chinese laboratories, but mainstream scientists disagree with this view.