May 5, 2020 / 7:17 AM / a month ago

EU has not been naive in dealings with China - Thierry Breton

FILE PHOTO: European Internal Markets Commissioner-designate Thierry Breton of France attends his hearing before the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union has not been naive in its dealings with China, said EU Industry Commissioner Thierry Breton on Tuesday, as rifts emerge between the United States and China over the origins of the coronavirus.

“We are absolutely not naive,” Breton told France Info radio on Tuesday, when asked if the EU might have shown any gullibility in its dealings with China.

Britain said on Monday that China has questions to answer over the information it shared about the coronavirus outbreak, while the United States has scaled up its rhetoric over Chinese culpability for the virus in recent days.

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Alex Richardson

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