Foreign Policy to be the Focal Point of EU Leaders Meeting

The European Union leaders will meet in Slovenia to try and find a solution to the group’s relations with China. The EU, along with the US, Britain and Canada imposed sanctions on some Chinese officials last March over Beijing’s human rights abuses, which it denies. The sanctions received retaliation from China, and jeopardized the new investment deal between the two.

During the meeting, the leaders will also listen to French President Emmanuel Macron, who will raise the issue of the bloc’s strength in international affairs after Australia backed out from its submarine deal with France and made a new deal with the US and Britain.

Though EU has considerable power in trade and commercial issues, and can set policies that have global influences, the alliance still lacks a solid common foreign and military policy, which weakens its influence.

The debate may center around whether to get involved in the US’ Asian policy, or becoming more independent of it.

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