EU-China relations have come into focus last week following the bloc printed a report suggesting that Beijing was spreading disinformation concerning the pandemic.
The report was allegedly watered down following Chinese threats, though EU foreign policy leader Josep Borrell denied the bloc buckled under Chinese pressure. However, Borrell has not denied that China protested over the report.
Wondering if the pandemic could damage EU relations with China, von der Leyen replied: “No, I do not believe so, as it is all in our own interest. I mean, this outbreak has caused so much damage.”
“So it’s in our own interest, of each country, we are far better prepared the next time,” she clarified. “We will, we don’t know when such a crisis occurs again, but we ought to be better prepared today.”
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