US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this Wednesday that he will open, together with the European Union (EU), a dialogue mechanism to coordinate the response to China.
“This Friday, the EU High Representative, Josep Borrell, and I will launch the US-EU dialogue on China. I am sure that our discussion will deepen our commitment to our friends in the EU on this important issue. Europeans are also concerned with the environment we live in, just like us, ”said Pompeo.
The dialogue channel was agreed in June: Borrell made the proposal on June 15 during a meeting between EU and US foreign ministers, and Pompeo later announced that he had agreed to create such a mechanism.
The head of US diplomacy also announced that the first thing that this mechanism will allow is to create a database that gathers the information that the EU and the US have about China and then coordinate their responses.
Since the President of the United States, Donald Trump, arrived at the White House in 2017, the struggle for hegemony with China has intensified.
The two economic powers have been fighting a trade war since March 2018, in addition to a technological conflict over the presence of Chinese companies Huawei and ZTE in international tenders for the 5G network - to which European countries have joined - and, more recently, the USA and China exchanged guilty allegations about which of the two originated the current covid-19 pandemic.
The EU has stopped wanting to cooperate with China to develop multilateralism, although it disagrees with the Asian giant on issues such as human rights, its policy towards Hong Kong - which it believes puts the region's semi-autonomy at risk - or misinformation of Chinese origin during the pandemic.