According to a foreign media report on November 3rd, a fierce diplomatic conflict has broken out between the Chinese Communist Party and Belgium over the CCP’s involvement in European infrastructure.
Recently, Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib said in a media interview that Communist China is “a partner, a rival, and a potential enemy. She added, “Civilian ships are being modified to become military ships.
We have to think about it and be careful.” The Communist state-owned company ‘China Ocean Shipping Company,’ better known by its acronym COSCO, owns minority stakes in the Antwerp and Zeebrugge ports on the North Sea, and when asked whether Belgium should investigate COSCO’s investment, Rabi said Belgium should consider it carefully and that Belgium and the EU must reduce their strategic dependence on the Chinese communist state. A few days after this interview, a representative from the CCP met with a Belgian Foreign Ministry official. The representative asked the minister to retract the interview in which she called the CCP a “potential enemy,” but the Belgian Foreign Ministry refused. According to reports, Xi Jinping’s regime also recently reached a controversial agreement with Germany to take partial ownership of the Hamburg terminal, a strategic commercial port located at the mouth of the Elbe River.