German Foreign Minister Berberke said in an interview in Tianjin, China that the tense situation in the Taiwan Strait has nothing to do with Germany and the EU. Every day, 50% of global trade volume and 70% of semiconductors pass through the Taiwan Strait. It is in Germany's interest to keep the Taiwan Strait free and open.
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[Central News Agency] After French President Macron made controversial remarks that Europe should not be involved in the Taiwan Strait, German Foreign Minister Berberke retorted in China, saying that half of the world's cargo traffic passes through the Taiwan Strait, and the situation in the Taiwan Strait is not unrelated to Europe, emphasizing the EU's commitment to China Unanimity.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said in a joint interview with German media in Tianjin, China on Thursday that the tense situation in the Taiwan Strait is not unrelated to Germany and the EU. Every day, 50% of global trade volume and 70% of semiconductors pass through the Taiwan Strait. It is in Germany's interest to keep the Taiwan Strait free and open.
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She emphasized that for the world, especially industrial countries like Germany, a military escalation in the Taiwan Strait would be the "worst case scenario." Germany is therefore committed to working with partners to reduce tension in the Taiwan Strait.
French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview with Politico Europe and other media on the way back from his visit on the 9th that Europe should pursue "strategic autonomy" and should not become a follower of the United States on the Taiwan issue, "being involved in a crisis that does not belong to us." , These remarks caused an uproar in European and American political circles.
In response to the impression that Macron's speech gave the EU a different stance on neutrality, Bell Burke pointed out that Macron said the day before that France's China policy is consistent with the EU's. Even if there are different opinions within the EU, the advantage lies in the core interests and values. Stand close and pursue a common strategy.
She emphasized that since the EU is a common market, it is impossible to have a different stance on China, its largest trading partner. Macron's visit to China with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is a "very important signal."
Bell Burke visited China for the first time from the 13th to the 15th. He will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, former Vice President Wang Qishan, and Wang Yi, director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in Beijing tomorrow. The focus of the talks between the two sides.
On the eve of Belberke's departure, the German foreign ministry accused China of exacerbating tensions through military exercises around Taiwan. "In our impression, measures such as intimidating military actions will increase the risk of accidental military conflicts."