9/20, 4:01 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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EU won't allow violation of law in South China Sea - Borrell

European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said on Sunday that the EU plans to strengthen its ties with the ASEAN, and won't align with China or the United States in their growing regional rivalry.

"The shock of the COVID-19 crisis remains very strong in the ASEAN region. Especially since the social protection systems are still limited in those countries," Borrell wrote in his newest blog post, reiterating the EU's commitment to economic partnership with ASEAN, as the bloc has been "the number one source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in ASEAN over many years."

Commenting on the tensions in the South China Sea, Borrell insisted the EU can't allow violation of international law and maritime security in the region due to 40% of the bloc's foreign trade passing through the area. "ASEAN will always find in the EU a trustworthy, reliable and predictable partner. We have only a clear and public agenda: to defend the rules-based international system," he concluded.

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