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China will be “named” in the series of President Biden’s conferences in Europe

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that the leaders of the United States and the European Union will discuss China’s support for Russia in Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine at a meeting in Moscow. series of major summits on March 24 after US President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels on March 23.

China’s Attitude Problem

Mr. Biden will attend meetings of the European Council, NATO and the Group of 7 G7 nations on March 24, then will travel to Poland on March 25. China’s stance on Russia’s military campaign will be a key theme, as Mr Biden needs to ensure that allies don’t have a wrong view of Beijing ahead of the EU-China summit, SCMP said. very important next week.

Senior EU officials expect Biden to reiterate his message of China’s potential support for Moscow militarily while evading economic sanctions imposed on them. Russia. There is also speculation that Beijing is ready to offer Moscow economic relief.

US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that President Biden “will certainly consult on whether China is likely to get involved in the Ukraine conflict during his stay in Brussels. We believe we do. I have the same position as Europe and we will have one voice on this issue.”

SCMP also quoted a senior diplomatic official as saying that the EU wants to send a sharp message to Beijing that it is unacceptable to support Russia in its military campaign in Ukraine. The EU diplomat also pointed out that the EU is ready to take a big economic hit by punishing Russia.

Another diplomat said, “there will be damage to the relationship of the two sides (China – EU) if Beijing supports Russia.”

Critical moment in EU-China relationship

Meanwhile at NATO, there will be debate over Beijing’s refusal to condemn Moscow, with the alliance’s leadership seeing Beijing as having tacit support for President Putin.

“What we see is that China has not condemned the military operation,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on March 23.

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Mr. Jens Stoltenberg. Photo: AFP

The leaders will also push for China to condemn Russia, Stoltenberg said, amid concerns that Beijing’s joint statement with Moscow on Feb. 4 said the two nations had relations with Moscow. “unlimited” action would signal a new threat to European security.

On the surface, though, the EU continues to prioritize maintaining close contact with Beijing in the hope that the EU can exert influence over Russia and help bring an end to the war in Ukraine. Speaking at the European Parliament on March 22, the bloc’s trade leader Valdis Dombrovskis said he did not want to see polarization or push China into Russia.

Several member states have also voiced support for continued diplomatic outreach.

In an exchange at a meeting with EU ambassadors last weekend, Germany called for caution or the EU would inadvertently push China closer to Russia, but its envoys were adamant. Beijing must be aware that it is at a “decisive moment” in the EU-China relationship for decades to come.

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