EU antics against China are part of the division of the US military-industrial complex
A delegation of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) is visiting Taiwan this week. Last month, at the instigation of some MEPs, the European Parliament adopted a report on strengthening EU-Taiwan relations. He called on the EU to start preparing for the possible signing of a bilateral investment agreement (BIA) with the island and to change the name of the EU representative office in Taipei.
The behavior of a number of MEPs during their visit to Taiwan and the presentation of the EU-Taiwan resolution was irresponsible at best. At worst, it is very dangerous. I think it is completely inappropriate for members of the European Parliament to engage in geopolitical games which can only have the effect of destabilizing the whole region.
I cannot speculate on their motives other than to suggest that it is part of a larger anti-China campaign that has become very visible in the European Parliament. For example, since I was elected we have had nine resolutions that broadly attack China when it comes to human rights and so on. Yet only one compared to the United States, after the murder of George Floyd, and it took a tremendous amount of effort to get it on the agenda.
The European Union and its member states have a one-China policy, which is the position defined in international law by the United Nations. The call for respect for “Taiwan independence” contrasts sharply with the lack of support given to the people of Catalonia, who voted for their independence from Spain (within the European Union) . This has seen its politicians jailed, including members of the European Parliament, for exercising their right to exercise a democratic vote. He also attacked freedom of assembly, and where protesters were injured and killed. But these deputies remain silent on this European question. Ironically, however, they are happy to interfere against international law on the Taiwan question.
As far as I am concerned, the Taiwan issue is the business of the people of Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. This should be resolved diplomatically rather than militarily. It is shocking that the European Parliament has nothing to say about the billions of dollars in pending arms contracts between Taiwan and the United States. More importantly, the United States has trained the Taiwanese army. This is in total violation of international law. These antics can only destabilize the region, and only benefit the military-industrial complex. It will not benefit people in Taiwan or mainland China.
As for the difference this will make in relations with the EU, I think individual Member States and the European Commission make a little more sense than parliamentarians. I very much doubt that they will allow this situation to jeopardize relations with China, which is the EU’s biggest trading partner. However, dangerous rhetoric can lead to dangerous activity. There is really no need for this behavior to be in progress.
In my opinion, I do not think that the visit of MEPs is so much a pro-Taiwan, or rather anti-China sentiment, which is stoked. Of course, one cannot ignore the American think tanks and the arms industry, which want to justify their trillion-dollar business with military aggression and hostilities. It is also in the interest of the United States to sever the link between the EU and China. This will make the EU more dependent on the United States. These antics are very dangerous. The deterioration of diplomatic relations between the European Union and China has occurred at a very rapid pace. I believe it is our responsibility to defend peace and dialogue and to try to use our position in parliament to that end.
The article was compiled by The Global Times based on a written interview with Clare Daly, an Irish politician and outgoing member of the European Parliament. [email protected]