The European Union fears that the conflict between the United States and China over threats in Taiwan may escalate. Therefore, Brussels is preparing for a possible escalation.
This is reported by Politico.
It is noted that Europe is reluctant to comment on Taiwan and the dispute between the United States and China. However, European diplomats admit that there is a danger that the situation could get out of control.
Most EU countries are cautious in public with their comments. The only country that has been active in supporting Taiwan is the United Kingdom. London has offered to arm the island and protect the population to avoid a situation like in Ukraine.
However, Brussels admits that in the event of an escalation, it will side with the U.S. and is already developing sanctions against China that will be harsher than those against Russia.
"In the event of a military invasion, we have made it very clear that the EU, together with the United States and its allies, will apply similar or even more measures than we have now taken against Russia," said Jorge Toledo, the new EU ambassador to China.
In addition, the EU is urged to prepare for a possible armed confrontation, as the example of Ukraine shows that we should expect "worst-case scenarios."
"Europeans would do well to prepare for contingencies by supporting Taiwan, staying in close contact with Beijing, and promoting de-escalation," said Boris Ruge, vice chairman of the Munich Security Conference.
Recall that the conflict between the U.S. and China escalated over a possible visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan.