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(LifeSiteNews) — In a shocking interview, Spain’s former ambassador to Japan, Jorge Toledo Albiñana, said the European Union (E.U.) wants a “peaceful reunification” between China and Taiwan with the end goal of having China as a “partner” to “rule the world.”

“The E.U. does not defend the independence of Taiwan but the peaceful reunification. We believe that there should be only one China,” Albiñana told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia in an interview published last Sunday.

Albiñana also told the paper that the E.U. sees China as a “partner” on the global stage, and that it is “essential and necessary to have China to rule the world.”

Getting into specifics, Albiñana cited the COVID-19 so-called pandemic, Iran’s nuclear weapons program, and the alleged “climate crisis” as some of the pertinent issues the E.U. and world need China’s help with tackling.

The E.U. strategy defines it [China] as a partner. It is essential and necessary to have China to govern the world. Without its help we cannot address global challenges such as the pandemic and the climate crisis. It is an important partner in reaching an agreement with Iran on nuclear weapons.

Albiñana is due to take up his new role as E.U. ambassador to China in early September.

As expected, Albiñana’s statement caused an uproar among Taiwanese officials and other EU politicians, who have strongly condemned the idea that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which has never ruled Taiwan, should assume control of the sovereign island nation.

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Please SIGN this petition calling on Hong Kong leader John Lee to cease all intimidation of Cardinal Joseph Zen following his arrest for supporting pro-democracy demonstrators. 

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, was arrested by the pro-China security police in Hong Kong in a major escalation of intimidation against pro-freedom activists in the region.

Zen was one of four people arrested on May 11th on suspicion of "colluding with foreign forces", with the 90-year-old's detention marking the first high-profile move by Hong Kong's new Chief Executive, John Lee.

The Hong Kong security police targeted Zen as a trustee of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provided “legal, medical, psychological and emergency financial assistance” to those involved in the 2019 protests against the government’s Extradition Law Amendment Bill, which allows prisoners to be transferred to China for trial.

Cardinal Zen has since been released, but his passport was confiscated to prevent him leaving Hong Kong.

The arrest was made possible under the terms of Hong Kong’s draconian national security law, passed in 2020, which Zen warned would be used to silence the Church. 

The outspoken cardinal previously confessed that he was prepared to go to prison under the terms of the new law, saying, “If right and proper words were considered against their law, I will endure all the suing, trials, and arrests.”

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The people of Hong Kong, including Cardinal Zen, have lived under the shadow of Beijing since 1997, and know personally how oppressive Chinese Communist Party rule is.

This arrest of a Catholic cardinal by communist authorities in Hong Kong is a stark reminder of the harsh realities of life for all citizens of the region. 

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“Taiwan has never been part of the People’s Republic of China. The sovereignty of Taiwan belongs only to all the people of Taiwan, and only the people of Taiwan can decide the future of Taiwan,” reacted Taiwanese foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou.

“Now is the moment to stand firm on the side of Taiwan,” EU Vice President of Parliament Nicola Beer said.

“No, we do not ‘need China to rule the world.’ Why are we sending an ambassador to negotiate our capitulation? It would be cheaper to send a white flag,” chimed in MP Matas Maldeikis of Lithuania.

Concern over the rapid growth of China’s influence on the world stage has been a hot-button issue in the West, particularly since the onset of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Just last month, Chinese and Russian officials publicly talked about their joint effort in creating what they call a “democratic world order,” something that John Mearsheimer, international relations expert and professor at the University of Chicago, warned would happen if the West continued to push NATO expansion in Eastern Europe and thereby further alienate Russia.

According to Mearsheimer, while Russia would normally act as a natural ally with the West for the self-interested goal of keeping China’s hegemonic desires in check, America and NATO’s aggressive push to limit Russian influence in Europe has effectively thrown Russia into the arms of China, leading the two massive nations to form a mutually beneficial anti-Western and anti-American alliance.

Mearsheimer has also explained that the first step of Chinese hegemony would be the overtaking of Taiwan, as it is the “first island chain” surrounding mainland Asia.