The diplomat and former director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI) Jorge Dezcallar He assured this Wednesday that the United States sees a war with China as increasingly possible and defended that the interests of Europe do not always have to be aligned with those of the American country.
“The United States sees war with China as something increasingly possible, and that is serious,” he said during the presentation of the Portuguese edition of his latest book, “Embracing the world. Geopolitics: where are we going”, held this Wednesday in Lisbon.
Dezcallar considered that the visit to Taiwan of the president of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Last August it was a mistake, and he defended that it is a matter that does concern Europe.
“Taiwan’s security does affect usto the extent that it affects our values, we must defend them vigorously,” he said.
The interests of the United States and Europe “do not have to coincide in everything,” he reasoned, adding that the war in Ukraine has “awakened” the European bloc on three issues: it cannot leave its security in the hands of the United States, its energy in those of Russia and their markets in those of China.
“Ideally, Europe could have its own profile”said Dezcallar, who pointed out that “Western dominance is ending” and anticipates a world “of tension between blocks with protectionism and barriers.”
The former president of the European Commission participated in the book presentation Jose Manuel Durão-Barroso, who stated that Europe “is reactive, not proactive”.
And in this sense, he gave as an example the creation of the European Stability Mechanism after the sovereign debt crisis and the response to the pandemic, especially with the mutualization of debt.
“I think Europe is going to continue with a certain ambiguity,” considered, and recalled that “27 countries cannot have the level of coherence of a single country”.