Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell wants European countries to deploy naval assets to the Taiwan Strait, according to an article he recently penned for the French weekly newspaper Journal Du Dimanche.
In the piece, Borrell stressed that peace in Taiwan is in Europe’s best interest. He wrote Taiwan “concerns us economically, commercially and technologically” and called on European navies to defend it from a potential Chinese invasion.
He declared, “I call on European navies to patrol the Taiwan Strait to show Europe’s commitment to freedom of navigation in this absolutely crucial area.”
As Tyler Durden of ZeroHedge noted, Borrell’s remarks appear to be a rebuke of French President Emmanual Macron’s polemical stance that he expressed earlier in April. After he met up with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, Macron emphasized the need for Europe to not be a “follower” of the US when it comes to the Taiwan question.