That said, Beijing closely follows Moscow. The various experts and political and academic figures interviewed noted that China is “increasingly resorting to aggressive and malicious manoeuvres to achieve its objectives”. This “to the point where we can speak of a ‘Russianisation’ of its attitude”, they concluded, the report reads.
In addition to its interest in universities in the country, which it uses as a gateway to the French, it is through its economic interference that Beijing is making its presence felt. In particular, they are warning against the presence of the state telecommunications company Huawei and the development of Chinese 5G network on the European continent.
According to Thomas Gomart of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), Huawei “has been lobbying very hard in Europe, to which it has responded with a very explicit counter- lobbying”.
“The Chinese regime regularly invests in strategic sectors in order to place our countries in a position of dependence in the areas that are most important for our sovereignty”, adds Raphaël Glucksmann (Place Publique / S&D), MEP who chairs the European Parliament’s special committee looking into foreign interference.