‘EU’s being dominated!’ Irish MEP admits Brussels being bullied by Joe Biden

Biden: China policy ‘will be inadequate’ says expert

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Mick Wallace said the US was overpowering and “pressuring” Brussels when it came to relations with China. Mr Wallace said the US was cracking down on China and urging the EU to do the same, despite it not being “in Europe’s interest”.

The Independents 4 Change politician told Global Times that Joe Biden was threatening the EU’s aims to become strategically independent – a quest longed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Asked about President Biden’s pressure on the EU to suppress China, which was preventing the bloc from pursuing further defence and security autonomy, Mr Wallace said: “You say Europe is pursuing strategic autonomy, but what Europe is doing, unfortunately, is being dominated by the US.

“The US has a problem with China. China is not a security threat to America or to the people of America, but China is a threat to America’s financial supremacy.

“America has been the wealthiest country in the world, the largest economy in the world for a long time. But now, it would appear that China is capable of becoming the world’s biggest economy and America obviously has a problem with that.

“And America wants to try and curtail the progress of China, the rise of China, and it is putting pressure on the EU to break some ties with China and to isolate China a bit more.

“But it’s not in Europe’s interest.

“It might be in America’s interest, but it’s not in Europe’s interest.”

He added: “My point is that, unfortunately, the Europeans are allowing themselves to be dominated too much by the Americans.

“We should be independent of America. We shouldn’t be taking orders from them.

“We shouldn’t be influenced by them. We don’t think they behave so well, they have no respect for international law.

“And we think that Europe needs to develop an independent policy. And it needs an independent policy in the dealings with China.”

Mr Wallace’s warning comes as US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said yesterday the United States needed new trade law tools to head off anti-competitive threats from China against key American high-technology industries.

Ms Tai said existing trade law tools were more aimed at protecting US industries and companies after they had already been injured by illegal price dumping and subsidies or other unfair competition.

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She said: “I would really like to strengthen the trade tools that we have to address the problems we have today.”

US trade laws, with their backward-looking nature, have struggled to prevent damage to the US steel industry as China has built up massive amounts of production capacity over the past 20 years, Ms Tai said, adding China’s industrial plans showed it was poised to do the same in other industries.

She added: “I think we need tools that are not just about responding to harms that we have experienced in the past, but tools that are going to anticipate where we’re going to have the same pattern of harm to allow us to get ahead of the harm, and allow us to respond as quickly as possible.”

She called for an update to the 1962 “Section 232” national security trade statute that was used to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Beijing’s “Made in China 2025” plan targets investments in 10 strategic industries now largely dominated by the United States, including aerospace, semiconductors and information technology, robotics, green energy and electric vehicles, agricultural machinery, pharmaceuticals and advanced materials.

The Biden administration was conducting a “top-to-bottom review” of China trade policy, including how to approach former president Donald Trump’s “Phase 1” trade deal with Beijing that expires at the end of 2021.

Ms Tai said the review will also include what to do with many expired exclusions from “Section 301” tariffs on Chinese imports, noting that “time is of the essence” in completing the review.

Returning to the committee where she guided policy as the chief Democratic trade lawyer, Ms Tai reiterated the Biden administration’s tough stance on China’s trade and human rights abuses.

She added: “We welcome fair competition. But if China cannot or will not adapt to international rules and norms, we must level the playing field.”

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