EU moves closer to Washington’s view of Beijing threats, US official says
John Demers, who heads the Justice Department’s counter-espionage effort, says ‘Hong Kong and the Uygurs have been the biggest issues’ for Europe. The US is working with European partners to develop digital standards to address ‘the long-term threat to data privacy, security and human rights
China’s recent actions in Hong Kong and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have driven European countries closer to Washington’s position about dangers posed by Beijing, the US assistant attorney general for national security said on Wednesday.
“Hong Kong and the Uygurs have been the biggest issues … in my discussions with the Europeans,” said John Demers, who heads the Justice Department’s counter-espionage effort, known as the China Initiative.
“We have a lot of our disagreements with the Europeans about different things, but the truth is at the end of the day we do share the same political values, and that is very helpful when we’re having these discussions,” he said in an online discussion at the Washington-based think tank Centre for Strategic and International Studies. “What happened in Hong Kong with the breaking of promises that they made in ’97, what’s happening with the Uygurs has really helped us.”