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GT Voice: EU trade policy needs to be free of Washington’s influence

GT Voice: EU trade policy needs to be free of Washington’s influence
Despite lingering concerns about potential trade friction with China over electric vehicles in Europe, there is a growing awareness among the business community that the root of the rise in protectionism and trade hostility actually lies in the US, not China.

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Amid concerns about potential trade friction between China and the EU, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury has pointed out that the root of the rise in protectionism and trade hostility actually lies in the US, not China. Faury's perspective diverges from the typical Western stance of attributing blame to China and could be a valuable point for Europe to consider when reflecting on the impact of ideological values on its trade policy. The protectionist measures and the "decoupling" policy promoted by the US in recent years have significantly disrupted global economic and trade patterns, leaving many European businesses facing a dilemma. The US strategy is seen as a ploy to force others to take sides, to either become its vassals or to "decouple" from China, both of which are to the detriment of Europe's own interests. The EU needs to recognize that trade policy should not be driven by ideology, but should be based on genuine economic interests and long-term development goals. It is hoped that the EU can maintain an open attitude in developing economic ties with China in fields like green and new energy, which is conducive not only to efforts to combat climate change, but also to the China-EU comprehensive strategic partnership.

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