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European politician Lange: avoid being to quick to follow USA

The chairman of the European Parliament’s trade committee, Bernd Lange, warns against rushing to close ranks with the United States against China. Current developments and recent statements by EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen in Washington “conjure up the risk of decoupling from China,” Lange said in an interview with Table.Media. The first steps are already visible, he said. “Just think of the export controls on microchips that the Netherlands introduced under US pressure – without consultation with the EU. Yet this is an EU competence,” said the SPD European politician. “I am also concerned about the now apparently planned control of investments in third countries, i.e., primarily to China. This was previously unthinkable.”

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