Analysts expect that at the summit in Brussels on Monday, US President Joe Biden is expected to try to persuade the European Union (EU) allies to tighten their stance on China, which shows that relations with Beijing are becoming more consistent.
“Biden’s main priority during meetings with the European Commission and the European Council’s presidents is to coordinate the positions of the two groups on the huge global challenges facing the world-climate change, trade, and technology-not necessarily in accordance with This sequence”, he explained to Lusa Ana Isabel Xavier, Professor of International Relations at the Autonomous University of Lisbon.
For this researcher, Biden hopes that the two groups “reiterate their common commitment to lead free democracies around the rules of a fair market economy.”
Therefore, the White House is skeptical of the European Union’s expression of sympathy for Beijing, whose economic expansion ambitions are on par with the American ruling strategy.
“The relationship between the United States and China has not changed much with the changes in the White House administration. But the relationship between Europe and China is different. During this visit, Biden will try to persuade European allies to take a hard line against Beijing. “, told the American political expert Lusa Nuno Gouveia.
On the eve of Biden’s presidency in January, the European Union announced an investment agreement with China, which caused obvious discomfort to the future White House team, and on the other side of the Atlantic, pressure from Brussels to be less flexible was not slow to Beijing’s intentions. .
Therefore, Biden has been proposing that Western democracies unite to carry out a great global project to try to counter China’s expansion.
In a recent column in the Washington Post, Biden sent a clear message when talking about meetings with the European Commission and European Commission Presidents.
Biden wrote in that article: “We will focus on ensuring that market democracies, not China or any other country, formulate 21st century trade and technology rules.”
“Biden’s foreign policy approach—convening and convening a coalition of democratic countries to contain China—was not mutually agreed in 27 years. Although this semester EU-China relations have been subject to violations of the Convention by Chinese individuals and entities. Sanctions. The human rights in Xinjiang Province and the deadlock in ratifying the agreement in December last year will make it possible to increase business opportunities in and with China”, defended Ana Isabel Xavier.
Nuno Gouveia recalled that these signs may not be enough for Washington, because there are several other examples of Brussels taking a negative attitude towards China.
“Europeans avoid sharp criticism of China’s undermining of Hong Kong’s democracy or its treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority. In addition, the United States has announced human rights sanctions against China and criticized China’s overarching cloud from the beginning. The COVID-19 pandemic’s stance and the EU It’s completely different,” said the North American political expert.
“If European countries do not follow these US positions more actively, the US’s distrust of Europe may increase,” Nuno Gouveia concludes, as he walks with Terrence Chapman, a professor at the Center for European Studies at the University of Texas. , In Austin, USA.
Chapman argued in an interview with Lussa that Biden will press Brussels to increase pressure on Beijing, but he has never “pulled” relations between the two sides of the Atlantic.
“Using his long-term diplomatic experience, Biden should let Europeans show their determination to face Beijing, so that his ultimate role is to show satisfaction while showing his position,” the University of Texas researcher explained.