European Union: China is a Systemic Enemy, Human Rights Records Become the Main Issue

UMMATIMES - China's human rights record is a key issue that separates the country from the European Union and makes it a systemic enemy to the bloc. This was stated by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday (15/6).

"We are a formidable economic competitor, no doubt about it, and for that we need instruments," the EU chief executive said at a news conference after holding talks with US President Joe Biden.

"We need security instruments in the digital market, for example for 5G toolboxes. But also foreign direct investment, investment screening to ensure that there is an equal playing field," he explained.

"When it comes to the system itself, human rights and human dignity... that's the main issue that clearly separates us," von der Leyen said.