The European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell told the European Parliament on Tuesday, April 5, that last week’s high-profile summit with China was a “dialogue of the deaf”, as China “did not want to talk about Ukraine”.

The first bilateral summit in almost two years took place on Friday, April 1. No joint statement was issued after the video conference.

Brussels’ top diplomat said, “China wanted to set aside our differences on Ukraine, they didn’t want to talk about Ukraine. They didn’t want to talk about human rights and other issues and instead focus on the positive things.”

Borrel added, “This was not exactly a dialogue, maybe a dialogue of the deaf … we couldn’t talk about Ukraine a lot, but we didn’t agree on anything else”.


Borrell added: “China cannot pretend to be a responsible great power and close its eyes or cover its ears when it comes to a conflict that obviously makes it uncomfortable because it knows very well who the aggressor is, although for political reasons, refuses to name him”.

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