European Parliament’s plenary adopts Report on the EU and the security challenges in the Indo-Pacific
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European Parliament’s plenary adopts Report on the EU and the security challenges in the Indo-Pacific

Today my Report on the EU and the security challenges in the Indo-Pacific was adopted by the plenary of the European Parliament with a final vote of 474 in favour, 60 against and 80 abstentions.

This report:

  • calls for the EU’s Indo-Pacific Strategy to be used as a tool to effectively increase its presence and influence in the region through furthering strategic ties and deepening all-inclusive dialogue and cooperation on security- and defence-related matters with regional like-minded countries and organisations;
  • highlights that maritime security and freedom of navigation are among the key challenges in the Indo-Pacific;
  • underlines that the illegal and unprovoked Russian aggression against Ukraine has a profound and lasting impact on international relations and that as a result the EU must further consolidate its international engagements, including in particular in the key strategic area of the Indo-Pacific;
  • highlights the need to ensure EU unity as a pre-condition to achieve its ambition of open strategic sovereignty amid the increasing multi-faced threats and competition among powers, notably the United States, Russia and China;
  • points out that the increasing commitment of the US to the Indo-Pacific has implications for European security and therefore reiterates the need for a capable European Defence Union;
  • expresses deep concern about China’s rapid military build-up; deplores the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as China’s failure to comply with its obligations under national and international law to respect human rights, including the rights of minorities in Xinjiang, Tibet and Inner Mongolia and threats posed by China to the territorial integrity of Taiwan; condemns China’s diplomacy of intimidation and manipulative disinformation campaigns;
  • considers Taiwan as a key partner and democratic ally in the Indo-Pacific;
  • strongly welcomes the close coordination with Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand in response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine and welcomes the close alignment between the EU and these four countries when it comes to sanctioning Russia; welcomes the strengthened dialogue between NATO and these four Indo-Pacific partners,
  • highlights the fundamental role that connectivity plays in the geopolitical relations of the EU and its Member States.