European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday again warned China against using force in the Taiwan Strait, reiterating a message she delivered to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a high-stakes visit to Beijing earlier this month. The EU, von der Leyen said, has “consistently called for peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, and we stand strongly against any unilateral change of the status quo, in particular by the use of force.”
Her comments, made before the European Parliament, highlight the distance between herself and French President Emmanuel Macron on the issue — a disagreement that recently jumped into the spotlight while the two were jointly traveling in China.
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[ Editor’s Note: China knows they have to act before the next election here in the U.S.. Everyone else knows this as well and sees China making preparations. Why is Europe concerned? Because they are as dependent on Taiwan for computer chips, optics, and all other key technologies produced there as everyone else.]