“We are concerned about what is behind China’s return to the global stage. As a permanent member of the Security Council, China has a responsibility to safeguard the principles and values that underpin the UN Charter. And it has a responsibility to play a constructive role in promoting a just peace. But this peace can only be just if it is based on the defense of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” This was stated by the president of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen speaking on relations between the EU and China in view of the trip scheduled for next week, together with the French president Emmanuel Macron (FOLLOW THE UPDATES LIVE).
Peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait
“Ukraine will define the terms of a just peace, which requires the withdrawal of the invasion troops. Any peace plan that effectively consolidates the Russian annexations is simply not a viable plan”, explained the number one of the European executive. “The displays of military force in the South China Sea, East China Sea and on the border with India directly affect our partners and their legitimate interests. We also stress the importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Any weakening of regional stability in Asia, the fastest growing region in the world, affects global security, the free flow of trade and the security of developing countries”, underlined the Commission President, adding: “How China’s compliance with international human rights obligations will be another test of how – and how much – we can cooperate with China.”