Brussels: – Matthew Pottinger, the Deputy National Security Advisor of the United States, delivered a crushing blow. He said that some people are trying to hide their childishness by assuming that China, known for setting up huge factories in the Xinjiang province and using the Uyghur people as bonded labour, will respect workers’ rights. Despite being fully aware of China’s trampling of human rights, the European Union (EU) is trying to partner with China. This is exposing the real face of Europe. While expressing regret over the agreement, Taiwan’s vice president warned that Europe does not realize the loss.
Ursula Von Der Leyen, President of the EU, informed a preliminary concurrence on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment. Leyen said that the agreement was reached after discussions between Charles Michel, President of the European Council, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Europe has agreed to partner with China on equal treatment principles to each other, conducive environment for competition and respect for the values. China has welcomed this agreement and expressed hope that this will give an impetus to normalizing relations with the United States.
But the United States hears tones of resentment. Analysts from the United States have claimed that the concerned agreement could rock the US-EU trade relations. The analysts also claimed that, while dealing with the United States, in trade and investments, the European Union will have to convince the United States that China is abiding by the agreement. While firing the salvo of criticism that the European face has been exposed, The US Deputy National Security Advisor claimed that Europe’s objections regarding President Trump also have been proved wrong.
Matthew Pottinger, the Deputy National Security Advisor also accused ‘The EU has been consistently saying that the Trump administration is the biggest obstacle in improving relations with the United States. But this agreement shows that the problem was not President Trump, but it was the European leaderships and their stands.’ Taiwan also has lashed out at the EU following the United States. The Taiwanese foreign ministry warned that despite the agreement, attention would have to be paid to what happens on the issues of use of bonded labour, availability of markets, credible development, Intellectual Property rights.
Taiwanese Vice-President Lai Ching-Te cautioned Europe, ‘You see what you are getting from China’s agreement, but can never assess what you lose.’ The Taiwanese Vice-President also warned that this agreement is a big indication for a democratic system like Europe.